How to make Comparisons with Nouns in French [+9 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn how to make comparisons with nouns in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to make comparisons with nouns in French
  • how comparisons with nouns are used in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to make comparisons with nouns in French
  • the way to download Anki files for how to make comparisons with nouns in French

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to make comparisons with nouns in French!

Table of Contents

Overview of Comparisons with Nouns in French

plus de [chose/s] quemore [thing/s] than
autant de [chose/s] queas much/many [thing/s] as
moins de [chose/s] queless/fewer [thing/s] than

Comparing Your Things with that of other People

In this chapter, you will learn about comparing your things with that of other people.

If you want to express that you have more things than someone else, then you will use the following construction:

  • plus de [chose/s] que = more [thing/s] than

J’ai plus de chaussures que vous.

I have more shoes than you.

Ils ont plus de points que moi.

They have more points than me.

If you want to express that you have as many things as someone else, then you will use the following construction:

  • autant de [chose/s] que = as much/many [thing/s] as

Nous avons autant de voitures qu’eux.

We have as many cars as them.

J’ai autant de chaises que vous.

I have as many chairs as you.

If you want to express that you have less/fewer things than someone else, then you will use the following construction:

  • moins de [chose/s] que = less/fewer [thing/s] than

Clara a moins de guitares que moi.

Clara has fewer guitars than me.

Paul a moins de courage que vous.

Paul has less courage than you.

Please note that you always have to agree in gender when you compare with adjectives.

Please also note that you have to use stress pronouns (que moi, toi, lui/elle, nous, vous, eux/elles) when you compare your things with someone else.

Comparing Things with other Things

In the second chapter you will learn how to make comparing things with other things.

If you want to express that there are more of Things A than of Things B, then you will use the following construction:

  • plus de [chose/s] que de = more [thing/s] than

Il y a plus de chats que de chiens ici.

There are more cats than dogs here.

If you want to express that there are equal amounts of Thing A and of Thing B, then you will use the following construction:

  • autant de [chose/s] que de = as much/many [thing/s] as

Il y a autant de femmes que d’hommes à l’université.

There are as many women as men in the university.

If you want to express that there are fewer/less amounts of Thing A and of Thing B, then you will use the following construction:

  • moins de [chose/s] que de = less/fewer [thing/s] than

Il y a moins de médecins que d’enseignants.

There are fewer doctors than teachers.

You use the same exact constructions as before, but only now you add “de” at the end of it.

Example Sentences on Comparisons with Nouns in French

The final section of this lesson on how to make comparisons with nouns in French is about seeing the comparisons in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to make comparisons with nouns in French through examples.

Here you can find all of the sentences used in the previous chapter, neatly organised in one place.

J’ai plus de chaussures que vous.

I have more shoes than you.

Ils ont plus de points que moi.

They have more points than me.

Nous avons autant de voitures qu’eux.

We have as many cars as them.

J’ai autant de chaises que vous.

I have as many chairs as you.

Clara a moins de guitares que moi.

Clara has fewer guitars than me.

Paul a moins de courage que vous.

Paul has less courage than you.

Il y a plus de chats que de chiens ici.

There are more cats than dogs here.

Il y a autant de femmes que d’hommes à l’université.

There are as many women as men in the university.

Il y a moins de médecins que d’enseignants.

There are fewer doctors than teachers.

Quiz Yourself on Comparisons with Nouns in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for Comparisons with Nouns in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French B2 you can practice every French B2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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