Comparative Adverbs in English
Regular Adverb Comparison
Regular (with the –ly suffix) comparative adverbs take more before them like long adjectives.
slowly → more slowly
She’s moving more slowly now that she’s 86 years old.
Please speak more slowly.
More slowly is a comparative adverb describing the verbs move and speak.
carefully → more carefully
You must do your work more carefully.
He drives more carefully than anyone I know.
More carefully describes the verbs do and drive.
seriously → more seriously
He has to take his schoolwork more seriously.
Irregular Adverb Comparison
Irregular adverbs become comparative with the –er ending like short adjectives.
fast → faster
We have to go faster to arrive on time.
hard → harder
The team played harder this time and they won.
well → better
I have to do better on my tests.
The irregular adverb well comes from the adjective good.
late → lately
I have to work later.
early → earlier
Get up earlier.
I’m earlier today than I was yesterday.
I have to get up earlier than I did yesterday.