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In this Qing Wen, we're going to learn different ways to make comparisons using the character 比 bi3. The sentence structure can be a little confusing at times, but since the adjectives don't change so much, once you've learnt it, you can start making some really interesting and complex sentences.

Lesson Notes:

飞机快
fēijī kuài
A plane is quick.
飞机比火车快。
fēijī bǐ huǒchē kuài.
A plane is quicker than a train.
今天很热
jīntiān hěn rè
It's hot today.
今天比昨天热。
jīntiān bǐ zuótiān rè.
Today is hotter than yesterday.
便宜
piányi
Cheap
夜市的东西比百货公司的东西便宜。
yèshì de dōngxi bǐ bǎihuò gōngsī de dōngxi piányi.
Stuff from the night market is cheaper than stuff from the department store.

guì
Expensive
百货公司的东西比夜市的东西贵。
bǎihuò gōngsī de dōngxi bǐ yèshì de dōngxi guì.
Stuff from the department store is more expense than stuff from the night market.
百货公司的东西贵。
bǎihuò gōngsī de dōngxi guì.
Stuff from the department store is expensive.
夜市的东西没有百货公司的东西贵。
yèshì de dōngxi méiyǒu bǎihuò gōngsī de dōngxi guì.
Stuff from the night market isn't as expensive as stuff from the department store.
今天热
jīntiān rè
Today is hot.
昨天没有今天那么热。
zuótiān méiyǒu jīntiān nàme rè.
Yesterday wasn't as hot as today.
A: 我觉得昨天好热!
wǒ juéde zuótiān hǎo rè!
Yesterday was so hot for me!
B: 是吗?我觉得昨天没有今天那么热。
shìma? wǒ juéde zuótiān méiyǒu jīntiān nàme rè.
Really? To me, yesterday wasn't as hot as it is today.
“没有”、“不比”
" méiyǒu”、" bùbǐ”
A: 我觉得他现在的女朋友比较漂亮。
wǒ juéde tā xiàn zài de nǚpéngyou bǐjiào piàoliang.
I think his current girlfriend is prettier.
B: 他现在的女朋友不比他上一个女朋友漂亮。
tā xiàn zài de nǚpéngyou bùbǐ tā shàng yī gè nǚpéngyou piàoliang.
His current girlfriend isn't as pretty as his last girlfriend.
A: 欸!你弟弟一百八十几公分,很高啊!
! nǐ dìdi yībǎi bāshí jǐ fēn, hěn gāo ā!
Hey! Your brother is 180cm, that's really tall!
B: 我弟弟虽然高,但是不比我高,我有一百九十公分!
wǒ dìdi suīrán gāo, dànshì bùbǐ wǒ gāo, wǒ yǒu yībǎi jiǔ shí fēn!
My brother may be tall, but he isn't as tall as me, I'm 190cm.
他不比我漂亮。
tā bù bǐ wǒ piàoliang.
She's not as pretty as me.
X跟Y比起来
X gēn bǐqǐlai
X compared to Y
百货公司跟夜市比起来,百货公司贵多了!
bǎihuò gōngsī gēn yèshì bǐqǐlai, bǎihuò gōngsī guì duō le!
If you compare department stores to night markets, the departments stores are way more expensive.
跟Y比起来,X...
gēn bǐqǐlai, X diǎn diǎn diǎn
Compared to Y, X....
跟火车比起来,飞机快多了。
gēn huǒchē bǐqǐlai, fēijī kuài duō le.
Compared to a train, a plan is way quicker.
跟她比起来,我美多了!
gēn tā bǐqǐlai, wǒ měi duō le!
Compared to her, I'm way prettier.
跟去欧洲比起来,去美国又便宜、又好玩、又有很多新鲜的东西、又可以...
gēn qù Ōuzhōu bǐqǐlai, qù Měiguó yòu piányi、 yòu hǎowán、 yòu yǒu hěn duō xīnxiān de dōngxi、 yòu kěyǐ diǎn diǎn diǎn
Compared to going to Europe, america is cheaper, more fun, loads of excited new things and you can...
跟上班比起来,坐牢好多了,不用工作、有人帮你洗衣服、早睡早起,最重要的是,不用听老板啰嗦!
gēn shàngbān bǐqǐlai, zuòláo hǎo duōle, bùyòng gōngzuò、 yǒurén bāng nǐ xǐyīfu、 zǎo shuì zǎoqǐ, zuì zhòngyào de shì, bùyòng tīng lǎobǎn luōsuo!
Compared to going to work, going to prison is way better. You don't need to work, there are people that wash your clothes, you keep to early hours and most importantly, you don't need to listen to your boss nagging.


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