The form of an adjective or adverb used to compare two or more things. English comparatives are formed with the suffixes -er/-est or the words more/most.

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the meaning of “they should not look nearly as different as they do”

The three species (Man, the chimpanzee and the gorilla) share almost 99 percent of their DNA, and on that basis, surely, they should not look nearly as different as they do. Am I right in ...
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How can something be “fuller” or the “fullest”?

Consider the definition for full (Source): full [foo l] adjective, fuller, fullest. completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup. ...
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Can something be “blacker” than something else? How common are single-word comparatives and superlatives for color-designating adjectives?

Merriam-Webster implies that the comparative and superlative for black are blacker and blackest. However, my native British colleague says he would never used blacker, only more black. How common is ...
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No higher than vs not higher than [closed]

I came across this weird uncommon usage in a documentation page. Can anyone help me understand the meaning/stipulation here? It says "value x can be no higher than "some value" Does it mean that "x" ...
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Tests have shown that the quality of locally produced cars is somewhat higher than imported vehicles

I know that "higher than that of imported" would be better, but how wrong is it as it is? Tests have shown that the quality of locally produced cars is somewhat higher than imported vehicles.
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How to refer something you said before in order to make a comparison?

I want to say this I have always been amazed by "something". Being a part of it is as amazing as that "something". However I want to say it in a shorter way without saying "something". Let me try I ...
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What is the term for comparatives that cannot be formed with -er and -est?

Is there a term to describe the case where using "-er" and "-est" is incorrect to form a comparative because it is formed by using "more" or "most"? For example: more difficult instead of ...
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Is “preciser” a valid comparative of “precise”?

I encountered preciser as a comparative of precise and thought it was incorrect. However, some reputable online dictionaries (1, 2) return hits for "preciser". But they do not explicitly list the ...
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Tallest vs Loftiest [closed]

How is the usage of the two words different? I think they mean one and the same. Are they?
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Can I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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Too less vs too little [closed]

Consider these two sentences: One week is too little to observe a measurable weight loss. One week is too less to observe a measurable weight loss. When I uttered (2) in casual speech, my ...
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as best I can vs as well as I can [duplicate]

I have to say I have an issue with the phrase "as best I can". After all, "best" is the superlative form of "well" and does not belong in the comparative construction "as... as" - not to mention that ...
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“how quicker” vs. “how much quicker”

I'm trying to settle a debate with my girlfriend. She says "how quicker" is incorrect and you should always use "how much quicker". Which of these is [more?] correct? See how quicker the cars ...
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Does “is potentially faster” imply “is not slower”?

Someone said to me, "X is potentially faster than Y". Without any clarification at that point, I immediately assumed that the speaker thought that X was at least not slower than Y. It was revealed in ...
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What is the difference between “at least as surprising as” and “more surprising than”?

According to Wikipedia, P value is defined as "the probability that data at least as surprising as the observed sample results would be generated under a model of random chance" Why is it stated ...
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“Twice (adj.)-er” vs. “two times (adj.)-er” vs. “twice/two times as (adj.) as”

Suppose we are comparing a particular characteristic (that takes comparative -er) of two items, A and B. Compared to B, A displays double that characteristic. There are multiple ways we can express ...
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Proper way to say “more and bigger”

I want to communicate (in written language) that "there are more pictures and bigger pictures if you click the link", without writing "pictures" twice and sounding silly. Is the construction "more ...
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What is the proper construction of this comparative?

This sentence appeared in a recent New Yorker article written by the copy chief there: I find it easier to use the serial comma consistently rather than stop every time I come to a series and ...
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Double Comparatives

I'm learning English comparatives of Adjectives and Adverbs. I have 2 questions relating to "double comparatives" Firstly, should I use: (1) The better you are at English, the more chances you ...
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Usage of comparative with a set of adjectives

Today I heard in a video a phrase that puzzled me a bit, specifically "...a more just and fair system..." My previous understanding is that it should had been "fairer and juster" but now I have ...
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Are there cases where it is correct to use “more” with a monosyllabic adjective?

In general, it appears monosyllabic adjectives in English form the comparative by the -er suffix. Are there any cases where a monosyllabic adjective can be preceded by more but still be grammatical ...
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Can 'more + [adjective] + [plural noun]' be ambiguous sometimes?

The government would have to take more fundamental steps to address the minority's disquiet. Is this sentence ambiguous? May the implied meanings include: The government should increase the ...
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“Poorer” vs. “more poor”

As a non-native speaker I am curious about the everyday usage of more poor in contrast to poorer. The dictionary dictates poorer as the correct form, with some allowing both forms. According to ...
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Which is correct: “A is higher as compared that” OR “A is high as compared to”?

The weight of A is higher as compared that of its counterparts. The weight of A is high as compared to that of its counterparts. Which word is more suitable —'high' or 'higher'?
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“Major”, “Minor”: Any words for gauging more importance or less? [closed]

I am writing a list of descriptions of how much or how little importance is attached to an issue under discussion or to a product feature under consideration. I would like to have three or four ...
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“largest of any mammal” vs. “largest of all mammals”

A: This animal is the largest of any mammal. vs. B: This animal is the largest of all mammals. What are the subtle differences between A and B?
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I will learn better English — should it be “I will learn English better.”

Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying it? ...
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Is “no other” + comparative grammatically correct?

There is no other harsher critic than yourself. I'm really stumped on this one. The more I read it the less correct it sounds. I think the word harsher is making the sentence sound fairly off ...
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When to use more or -er [duplicate]

Is there a rule as to when I use "more" in a sentence or "-er"? For example, "I think it would be more fun/funner if we stayed home tonight." I know the correct usage in this sentence but is there a ...
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What’s the opposite of “wider”? [closed]

What is the opposite of wide and wider? For instance, is the corresponding opposite to sentence one below really sentence two? The Ipad2 is wider than the iPad Air. The iPad Air is narrower than ...
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Comparative and Superlative for little?

What is the comparative and superlative for little?
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Why is my English “worlds better” than yours but never “the best by worlds”?

In speech when making comparisons we can say: It is far better than It's way better than It's miles better than It's worlds better than For instance, British restaurant food is ...
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Less-experienced vs less experienced employee

As an Android developer with 3 years of experience, I also help less experienced team members. Do I need to put a hyphen between "less" and "experienced"?
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Illogical comparative

I have a little problem of understanding how to pick the preposition of "at" ,"of" or "in" in Illogical comparative : e.g. The climate in the north is colder than that of the south. Why do we us ...
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Would it be possible to note similarities with in comparison with?

In comparison with is used to show contrasting ideas. I wonder whether this phrase could be used to note similarities as well, especially with words like: similar, the same, alike. Would you, for ...
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What is wrong with mixing “taller” and “tallest” like this?

Although the towers appear identical, the west tower is the tallest, standing 16 feet taller than the east tower. What might be wrong? Does it have to do with comparative and superlative degrees? ...
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Comparative adjectives cannot have -er ending

Questions on the use of lesser have appeared on here before, but I was reading a book on grammar which states the following (I omitted parts to keep it brief, but I retained what I think are the ...
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Wording: closest date vs nearest date?

Which sounds more natural? The closest date is ... or The nearest date is ... Context: It is a variable name in a software application I rewrite, which - in short - expresses the most ...
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Is “oftener” obsolete?

Does any native speaker of the English Language ever use oftener instead of more often?
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“More drunk” or “drunker”?

I am at a party. I drink wine till I'm drunk. Then I drink some more. So am I more drunk now, or drunker?
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“Greater Good”: Why the comparative?

I’ve often heard the expression Greater Good and have always come across the very same question about it: why the comparative form instead of the superlative form?
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would ...
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Comparative or superlative to describe a quality of a member of a set of two things?

For example, 'he's the bigger of the two guards' or 'he's the biggest of the two guards'? The comparative indicates that something is bigger/more difficult than another member. If there's only two ...
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what the logical/physical pair means?

In English, we often use logical/physical pair to describe something, like in powerdesigner, there are two type of data models: logical data model and physical data model what's this words ...
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Is there a difference between “less ambiguous” and “more unambiguous”?

Relevant examples: If you make the following changes your sentence will be less ambiguous. If you make the following changes your sentence will be more unambiguous. Do these sentences have ...
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“To hear” or “hearing” [duplicate]

Nothing is so happy as to hear from your family. Nothing is so happy as hearing from your family. Which is more natural for native speakers?
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“I've got more to do than wait” or “I've got more to do than **to** wait”? [duplicate]

I did some reading in other places online about using the bare infinitive after the word "than," and while in a lot of cases it seems correct, I'm having a hard time telling whether it's correct in ...
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Phrases to describe different conditions

For example, I measure test scores for different groups of students. When I present the results, should I say: Here are test scores with respect to different student groups. Or: Here are ...
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That of Tokyo vs. one of Tokyo?

The climate of Sapporo is colder than one of Tokyo. The climate of Sapporo is colder than that of Tokyo. Which is correct?