I try to fine the grammar for this sentence:

Noun 1 + 比 + Noun 2 + Adj. + 很多 (Expressing "much more" in comparisons)

But in not the same as: 玛丽相比起来则温和+得多.

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You need a complementary sentence to understand this better.

Let’s say “Daniel is very fierce.”


With the context that Daniel is fierce, you can then compare Mary’s temperament using the grammatical structure you have shown.

相比起来则 comprises 相比起来 + 则.

相比起来 means “when you compare (Mary and Daniel)”

则 is a word which performs the function of “then, thus, therefore”.

You can then read the sentence as “Compared to Daniel, Mary is much milder.”

  • Thank you so much for you answer. I understand more clearly now but why 起来 use after 相比?
    – Khang
    Apr 27, 2020 at 14:07
  • It’s to show “completion” of your action
    – Axel Tong
    Apr 27, 2020 at 14:12

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