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What are the best words to describe subjects being compared?

I tried to Google this but no luck so far. I was wondering if there was proper words to describe the comparison of 2 subjects? The first subject would be the object being compared in relation to the ...
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Why “respect you most” instead of “respect you more” in the following quote by Samuel Johnson?

"Go into the street and give one man a lecture on morality and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most." British Literature 1640-1789 I can't figure out why Johnson used "most" ...
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What would be appropriate way to describe number of individuals related to their degree?

I have to make a sentence that describes the amount of individuals educated to a specific level of education/ degree. Roughly, something like this: "The number of BA(Bachelor in Arts) educated people ...
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Which is more wet: ‘moist’ or ‘damp’?

Which contains more liquid, something that is moist or something that is damp? Context of question: This question was asked to a young friend of mine in her high school freshman English class. It was ...
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Definite article with the superlative degree of adverbs

Our rotary telephone is the least frequently used device in our house. Ben moved most quietly as the boys walked down the darkened ally. In the first sentence a superlative adverb is used with ...
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Is there a word for “conjugating” an adjective?

Verbs can be conjugated to past/future tenses. Nouns can be pluralized. Adjectives also have comparative and superlative forms. For example fast, faster, and fastest. What is the word that describes ...
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Comparative… Marginally, Substantially and Exceedingly above average

Is my understanding of the use of "Marginally", "Substantially" and "Exceedingly" correct as per the depiction below?
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Has the illogical “three times bigger” replaced “three times as big” in common usage?

If A is one time bigger than B, it is equal to 2B. So if A is three times bigger than B, it is equal to 4B. Yet I am seeing "two times bigger" to mean "twice as large" in more and more places. Any ...
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Which season do you like (better / best), spring or winter? [duplicate]

Which season do you like (better / best), spring or winter? I was told the answer is better, but why is that so? Both better and best would make sense, I think.
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“More acrid than” but “stupider than” Why is that? [duplicate]

I've just read this quotation here at StackExchange: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." I've checked a few online dictionaries and there ...
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Degrees of comparison for words ending in “-ly”

Would you make a word ending in -ly positive, comparative, or superlative? I'm sort of leaning towards positive at the moment, and if the answer is positive, would you put more and most for ...
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As fast as Or As fast

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar And ...
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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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The superlative of sincere

Is the usage sincerest gratitude wrong?Can we use such in acknowledgements?
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In mathematics, when referring to pure numbers is largest or biggest correct?

When referring to a list of number is largest or biggest correct? For example, I want to find the biggest number in an array. Or should it be the largest number. Finally, would either biggest or ...
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'packed like sardines' vs. 'chock-a-block' [closed]

The fans were packed like sardines at the music festival. The fans were chock-a-block at the music festival. Are there differences in meaning between that two sentences? In a equal space, does '...
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Is this superlative degree because of usage of most or is it positive degree?

Most of the rare plants are found in silent valley. Am confused as to which degree this sentence belongs, as it has the word 'most' which is superlative, but also the adjective, 'rare' is in ...
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“Brief” and “complete” — need an intermediate between them

Let's say you have some ideas and are going to share them on the Internet. You have a Twitter account, a blog and an ability to publish your thoughts in a magazine. You're writing three articles, all ...
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Does “No more” by necessity imply there was some before?

If I say "I have no more apples" do I have to have had some apples to begin with? Is there an instance where I could start with none and still say I had no more sensically?
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Good and bad - suppletive adjectives

In English, there are three suppletive adjectives: good, bad and far. Their comparative and superlative forms derive from different stems, i.e., we have best instead of *goodest, worse instead of *...
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Is “curiouser” in fact a word (like in the famous phrase “curiouser and curiouser”)?

Is curiouser, in fact, a word?                                 (Yes, this question is very short, but that’s really all I need to ask.)