Does the adjective "different" have a comparative form? If so what is it?
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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt♦ Dec 9 '11 at 20:15
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There's no single word, no.
Different has three syllables, and English adjectives of three or more syllables (as pronounced, not spelled) must use the periphrastic more or most to form a comparative or superlative phrase. The comparative suffix -er and superlative suffix -est can only inflect adjectives of one syllable, with a few -- mostly ones ending in /i/ or /o/ -- of two syllables swinging both ways.
Just one more example of dying inflections in English. There are only 9 inflectional suffixes in English, and this is two of them, both hanging on only in common monosyllables.
It’s more different, but it’s normally only used in negative sentences, as in, for example, Nothing could be more different than chalk and cheese.