This lesson covers how to make comparisons in Japanese. I was never good at them, honestly, so I want to take the time to cover them.
Unlike English, Japanese adjectives do not have great or greater than conjugations. In English, you have to add either the -er or -ier ending to an adjective or place “more” in front of it. Japanese is not like that all! Since you’re comparing nouns, the adjective really doesn’t matter. The focus is placed on the nouns in comparative sentences, so we must add something to these nouns to draw a comparison.
How to make a comparative sentence
In a comparative sentence, A and B can be either a verb or noun. If A is a noun, の must be used in front of 方が. If A is a verb, do not use の.
A + の方が + B + より + Adjective/Verb with Adverbs/Noun with Modifiers
A is more __________ than B.
方が (ほうが) - is more
より - than