I have a question about comparative adjectives.

I read that if an adjective has only one syllable we write its comparative form as: adjective + er, e.g. bigger and if an adjective has more than two syllables we write it as: more + adj + than. For example, more beautiful than...

But we don't do this with every adjective, for instance bored. Bored has only one syllable yet its comparative form is more bored instead of boreder. Why?

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    "Boreder" might be considered "legal" according to some guidelines, but is to be avoided because of the likely confusion with "border". – Hot Licks Nov 24 '18 at 17:05
  • Past participles as adjectives don't work with comparatives. 'I am tired' - 'I am more tired than you' – Mitch Nov 24 '18 at 20:48
  • @Mitch - The Pists might gag, but "I'm tireder than you" is perfectly idiomatic speech in the US. – Hot Licks Nov 24 '18 at 21:10
  • @HotLicks understood but it's very nonstandard and is a perfect example of child-learning overgeneralization. Also 'tired' isn't the best example, I just realized it's two syllables in standard English. – Mitch Nov 24 '18 at 21:19
  • @Mitch - google.com/… – Hot Licks Nov 24 '18 at 21:26

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