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Is it ever wrong to use the word "more" in front of an adjective? For example, is the following sentence grammatically incorrect: "I am more happy when I am reading poetry"?

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It would be more common to use a comparative, like happier, or something like very happy.

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    "Happiest" may also be appropriate, depending on context: "I sometimes read novels or nonfiction works, but I am happiest when I am reading poetry." – augurar May 20 '14 at 0:03
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    I didn't use that because the original poster used "more happy" rather than "most happy". – Oldcat May 20 '14 at 0:06
  • 'She couldn't have been more happy' sounds 'more substantial' than 'She couldn't have been happier'; there may be style advantages on occasion. Oh, and 'more happy' is still a comparative: a periphrastic comparative. – Edwin Ashworth May 20 '14 at 9:17

It depends on whether a comparative or superlative form exists. As Oldcat rightly points out, those are preferred.

The happy, happier, happiest continuum doesn't hold up when applied to something like affluent.

Affluenter may be a word that I need to start using...

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    Affluenter LaGuardia Airport last night at 10 pm.... – Oldcat May 19 '14 at 23:17
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    @Oldcat: Affluenter age on discovering that you got there first! (It probably works better with a Scottish or Northern accent though! :) – FumbleFingers May 19 '14 at 23:38

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