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used in comparisons of superiority:

  • ADJ-er than
  • more ADJ / ADV / N(s) than

and in comparisons of inferiority

  • less ADJ / ADV / N than
  • fewer Ns than

There is no equivalent morpheme to -er for comparisons of inferiority. The structure not as ADJ as compensates for this missing grammatical possibility.

Cf. as