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I have another question. Please take a look at the following sentence (error correction)

The more Robert tried to please his mother with mere flattery, the greater he succeeded in annoying her.

In the said sentence, the answer key says that the wrong part is the "the greater", which, accordingly, must be replaced with " the more greatly".

Why is " the greater" wrong here? I haven' t used " the more greatly" before, as this one.

Thank you!

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"succeed" is a verb. Verbs are modified by adverbs, but "great" and "greater" are adjectives. To turn an adjective into an adverb, you can add the "-ly" suffix, hence "greatly". Since you can't also use the "-er" suffix to express degree ("greaterly" is not a word), you have to use the word "more" to modify it.

However, in my opinion, "the more greatly" sounds awkward. I would write

The more robert tried to please his mother with mere flattery, the more he succeeded in annoying her.

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