Comparing with adverbs in comparative or superlative form: When would us louder / loudest and when would you use more loudly / most loudly

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    Apr 25, 2020 at 20:06

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The words "louder" and "loudest" are the comparative and superlative forms of the adjective "loud." Adjectives are used to describe nouns. The terms "more loudly" and "most loudly" are the comparative and superlative forms of the adverb "loudly." Adverbs are used to describe verbs. (There are some other kinds of adverbs, but they aren't important for this discussion because they don't have comparatives and superlatives.)

  • There also exist "loudlier" and "loudliest" for the adverb.
    – GEdgar
    Apr 25, 2020 at 20:09
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    My nearest dictionary lists "loud" as both adjective and adverb. I've certainly often heard things like "I can yell louder than you" with no reaction from my bad-grammar reflex. Apr 26, 2020 at 1:27

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