What is the correct usage of the adjective "loud"?
- Please sing louder
- Please sing more loudly
I came across this in one of the quizzes at office, and as per them, the correct answer was option 2. I really don't get what's wrong with option 1.
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They are both well-formed and idiomatic sentences. Whoever insisted on that quiz answer alone is trying to specify a very particular standard, where modifiers of verbs must outwardly look like an adverb (using '-ly'). But that is not the case as 'louder' works as an adverb, too.
Both; louder and more loudly are the same as loud is also an adverb not always an adjective. Example: Can you speak louder, please? in this case 'louder' modifies 'speak.'
The answer is 2 because more loudly is an adverb modifying the verb sing while the adjective louder modifies nouns and noun phrases. Generally, people use the adjectival comparative form when what's required adverbial comparative form.
Personally, I think the comparative/superlative forms should be shared because I find that the -er/-est suffix very pleasing to the ear.
Loudly loudlier and loudliest are acceptable forms as well
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