Your room is clearer than mine AND your room is more clear than mine

Comparatives like these are many used in the same fashion such as neater/ more neat-- cleaner/ more clean etc. Having been into English grammar, I find myself bemused to figure their differences, thereby left wondering if anybody could help me comprehend their contextual connotation, Thanks in advance


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There is no difference in meaning, but the form with more can be used for emphasis. The forms with -er cannot be used for all adjectives though, here's more information about forming comparatives and superlatives:

For words of only one syllable, you usually form the comparative by adding -er and the superlative by adding -est:

  • big, bigger, biggest
  • large, larger, largest

Note that consonants are doubled for those adjectives ending with a consonant and that the e in -er or -est is dropped if the adjective ends with an e. There are also irregular comparatives and superlatives for certain adjectives, these follow no rules and need to be learned by heart:

  • good, better, best
  • bad, worse, worst

For words of more than one syllable, the comparative is usually formed by inserting more before the adjective and the superlative by inserting most. However, the comparatives and superlatives of adjectives of two syllables can often also be formed with -er/-est, if the adjective ends in -y, -ow, -le or -er:

  • happy, happier, happiest
  • narrow, narrower, narrowest
  • gentle, gentler, gentlest

For some other adjectives of two syllables, both forms are common:

  • clever, cleverer, cleverest
  • clever, more clever, most clever

Adjectives of three syllables or more are almost always formed with more. You won't hear people say importanter. Instead they will use:

  • important, more important, most important
  • eloquent, more eloquent, most eloquent

Above are a lot of "rules", but you shouldn't always rely on them. The rule of thumb is that if it looks sloppy or is difficult to read, use more. Otherwise, use the -er/-est form.

For more examples, have a look at this page.

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