German : The absolute comparative of adjectives
1. The absolute comparative of adjectives is a term used to describe a comparative adjective ( eg., älter ,older) , indicating not two things or people but simply a fair degree of the quality referred to.
2. Thus, ein älterer Herr -- does not mean that the gentleman in question os older than any particular other gentleman but is simply " an elderly gentleman" as we would say in English.
ein längere Fahrt ( a longish journey)
seit längerer Zeit ( for quite some time now)
in jeder größeren Stadt ( in every town of any size)