Look at these sentences:
Les ordinateurs deviennent de mieux en mieux.Computers are becoming better and better.
Ma mémoire est de pire en pire.My memory is getting worse and worse.
Ses relations avec elle vont de mal en pis.His relationship with her is going from bad to worse.
Expressions like better and better and worse and worse are formed with:
de mieux en mieux = better and better
de pire en pire = worse and worse
de mal en pis= from bad to worse
Also note that the following expressions use mieux and pis on their own:
Le magasin est déjà fermé. - Tant pis !The shop is already closed. - Oh well / too bad !
- Literally "so much [the] worse"
Tant mieux !So much the better!
All the better!
C'est tant pis pour moi !It's too bad for me!
It's all the worse for me!
Tant mieux pour eux !All the better for them!
Good for them!
See also Plus... plus..., moins... moins... = the more...the more..., the less...the less... (comparisons with phrases), De plus en plus and de moins en moins = more and more and less and less (comparisons with adjectives, adverbs, verbs) and De plus en plus de and de moins en moins de = more and more and less and less (comparisons of nouns)
Here are other Comparative structures:
Making comparisons with adjectives: plus... que, aussi... que, moins... que
Making comparisons with adverbs: plus... que, aussi... que, moins... que
Making comparisons with verbs: plus que, autant que, moins que
Making comparisons with nouns: plus de... que, moins de... que, autant de... que
And Superlative structures:
Le, la, les plus and le, la, les moins = the most and the least (superlatives of adjectives)
Le plus and le moins = the most and the least (superlative of adverbs)
Forming the superlative of adjectives in complex cases
Meilleur, mieux, pire / plus mauvais, plus mal = better, best, worse and worst (irregular comparatives and superlatives)
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