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The form of an adjective or adverb used to compare two or more things. English comparatives are formed with the suffixes -er/-est or the words more/most.

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What is the usage of "considerably" outside of comparative constructs?

I have noticed that all the examples for "considerably" in Lexico (which is based on the OED, I believe?) are comparatives: considerably [adverb]: By a notably large amount or to a notably ...
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Is using "complete" as a gradable adjective ok in some situations?

So in writing, I want to express various degrees of completion. Originally, I used "in a more complete implementation". A reviewer remarked that this was wrong, as complete is not gradable. ...
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You know me best X You know me better [closed]

What's the difference between "best" and "better" in these sentences: "You know me BEST as Ash Ketchum on Pokemon" "If you want to know me BETTER professionally, ask ...
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"X is less effective than y in treating the disease" or "X is less effective in treating the disease than y"?

Should it be, "PT with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)is less effective than CT in treating anxiety" or, "PT with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is less ...
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When can you form the comparative of 'sorry'? [closed]

Is sorry in the phrase “I’m sorry” an adverb or an adjective? In other, more practical words, is a comparative response to that, such as “Sure, but I’m even sorrier!”, considered grammatically correct?...
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I know more than you do about X

I think these mean the same thing: (1) I know more about X than you do. (3) I know more than you do about X. In (1), the preposition phrase (PP) about X is part of the main clause, and the ...
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"biggest failure" versus "greatest failure" [closed]

Which one is the correct way to say it? "War is and always remains one of the biggest human failures." or "War is and always remains one of the greatest human failures." Or are ...
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up by 6% over ANY previous year?

What does this "up by 6% over any previous year"? Since 2019, Clarksville-Montgomery County has added over 6,000 new jobs and, even with the decline in travel from the pandemic, in the last ...
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"as each other" as used to compare two things

I've nevr come across such comparative pattern as in this sentence (it's taken out of an English text book): But Lucy and Sam are as forgetful as each other. What's the meaning of the structure? Is it ...
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What one-syllable adjectives can take "more" as comparative?

I teach ESL. My job is to stop people saying "more big" instead of "bigger". "Fun", as noted on this site, is an exception, I think because the noun, meaning "...
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quantifiers in comparatives adjectives [closed]

Good morning. I'd like to ask you something. I was confused about these words. They said " a bit, a little, slightly, a lot, and much" are all intensifiers in comparative sentences. But ...
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What are the comparative/superlative forms of the adjective "well," meaning "in good health"?

If I can say, "He is well," meaning, "He is in good health," how do I express that he's in better health, or that he's in the best health ever? "He's weller"? "He's ...
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Why are comparative adjectives used here, with the definite article? "...a hatred, the deeper for being concealed..."

In this sentence, the article 'the' precedes several comparative adjectives: 'deeper', 'bitter', 'greater', and 'stronger'. Now, for context, this sentence is the beginning of a text, and the ...
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Comparative Construction - She can get through more work in an hour than I can get through in a day

I was reading the Comparative Construction Chapter from The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Pullum and Huddlestone. There on page 1109, I came across one sentence: He is more afraid of ...
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To a less/lesser extent

The expression to a lesser extent meaning “less strongly or not so much” is commonly found with the comparative form of less. Curiously, Google Books shows that “to a less extent” was initially, ...
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"Fairly" can't be used with comparatives or negatives

Don't use ‘fairly’ in front of a comparative form, *the train is fairly quicker than the bus; in more formal writing, you use rather or somewhat. https://www.wordreference.com/EnglishUsage/fairly ...
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NEGATIVES WITH COMPARATIVES [closed]

This listening question is confusing me (woman): Have you gotten over your cold yet? (man): I couldn’t be feeling any better today. (narrator): What does the man mean? a. He’s feeling terrific. b. He ...
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"Hair no more streaked with grey than was becoming" – meaning & grammar [closed]

I was reading Jeffrey Archer's Kane and Abel, where on page 191 I found this line: William began to be aware of his housemaster's wife during his last two terms at St. Paul's. She was a good-looking ...
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Double comparatives: "more preferable"

Fowler reads Sometimes the double comparative form more preferable is used. The word more is of course unnecessary, since preferable by itself means ‘more desirable (than)’. Like other comparatives,...
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Does "than" introduce a potential ambiguity? [closed]

source: an FT news article (paywalled, but searchable) Chief among these [obstacles] is Europe’s reluctance to view China with the same existential concern as America does. The continent does more ...
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Morphological comparison of adjectives ending in "-ic"

Page 267 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads Adjectives ending in -ic (comic, rustic, etc.), -ive (active, restive, etc.), and -ous (famous, odious, virtuous, etc.) do not have -er ...
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'Less good' vs 'worse'

Garner's fourth , page 263, reads Depend typically takes on (or, less good, upon). When a clausal complement follows the verb, to omit the on is a casualism— Is good here an adverb? Why not use ...
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Comparative adverb vs. comparative adjective

I am a little torn on which usage is correct here, the comparative adjective "easier" or the comparative adverb "more easily." Every other day this year will begin easier than ...
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The disaster we worried about "most" or "the most"?

I heard a Ted talk say When I was a kid, the disaster we worried about most was a nuclear war. I wonder why it was not "the disaster we worried about THE most"?
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Comparative adverb

I was taught that object of a preposition is always a noun, but I have often seen that a comparison adverb comes immediately after a preposition, then a noun phrase preceded by an adverb comes, which ...
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"as" or "than" in comparative constructions

Is it usually as or than that is used in such constructions as the following? Twice as many men said they liked action movies as/than comedies. Twice as many customers ordered pizza as/than Caesar ...
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The number is smaller, fewer or less than?

I always make confusion about the correct usage of the comparative for "irregular" adjectives (I don't know if this is the correct term). Recently I had to write "the number of X is ...
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Can I say 'This transmitter extends three times signal range than the other one'? [closed]

I'm not sure if I should use 'than' or 'from' in this sentence > "This transmitter extends three times signal range than the other one". Please advise. Thanks.
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Are "compared to" and "with respect to" interchangeable?

For example: The results showed higher stability for the first enzyme compared to the second one. Would this sentence have the same meaning if I changed compared to with with respect to?
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I seek grammatical justification for "I did more than finish the job"

I see people say such examples as "I did more than finish the job", "He did more than win the game". In such cases, "finish the job", which is a bare infinitival, occurs ...
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Is "Our creamiest coffee, now creamier" correct?

Kopiko's tagline here in the Philippines became a hot topic. Others had been saying that it is grammatically wrong but others said that it is correct.
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Is there a linguistic term for the phrases, which describe a noun, with subjective value (below)

a pitted excuse for a road a big bear of a man a gigantic furious beast of a man a wisp of a boy/girl
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Writing a comparative sentence with two comparative parameters [closed]

Consider two aqueous solutions: Solution 1 Solution 2 Then note that: The temperature of the solution 1 is higher than that of the solution 2. The pressure of the solution 1 is lower than that of ...
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'quickest': adverb

Page 442 of Collins Cobuild English Usage reads Quick is an adjective. You do not usually use it as an adverb. Instead you use quickly. In writing, you usually use more quickly. He began to speak ...
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Can we use adverbs with Comparative adjectives?

He is much taller than me. Vs He is incredibly taller than me. Can we use incredibly here, with a comparative adjective(taller) ?
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Is the usage of "more frequently" or "more often" correct in this scenario?

If I think that an event does not take place at all but the event does take place once, is the other person correct in saying that the event takes place more often / more frequently than I think?
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"Faster than" using with Future Simple

I'm just wondering if it is right to say that I'll learn English faster than they will translate this book =or I'll learn English earlier than they will translate this book I'm confused about ...
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Action of comparatives on connected clauses

Consider the sentence Though somewhat less (i) _____than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon, the final chapter of the book is nonetheless (ii) ______laypeople. How ...
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The usage of "to be" in double comparatives?

I read when "be" is used in double comparative, it is sometimes omitted in the book of "Top Notch", like: The better the quality of health care (is), the higher the life ...
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Tireder (comparative form)

According to the CambridgeGEL, page 1583, Participial adjectives take only analytic comparative forms (A marginal exception is tired) What are the reasons leading to this exception?
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what is the implicit meaning of "It's generally easier to think"?

I'm reading some material(git pro), then I encountered this context, I want to know what is the meaning of "It’s generally easier to think" as far as I know, easier is comparative word, ...
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Dispute over interpretation of "Less smaller"

I know that the correct form of "less smaller" is "less small" but that is the original phrase we went to a dispute over. This is the exact phrase. Someone: Most of the sites I ...
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Comparative question?

I have a comparative question... As I understand it, comparatives compare two things. I bought a new popcorn maker because my old one is not heating up. So my questions are as follows: Can I say my ...
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Adverbs in comparative clauses

I saw an anecdotal "rule" in a magazine stating that, if an adverb is used in a comparative clause, the '-ly' form of the adverb is preferable to a comparative form. Apparently however, if the adverb ...
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The usage of "most" instead of "more"

Regarding the following sentence, The study noted that pregnant women need to have healthy diets to reduce risk of developing gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that is most common among ...
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How interchangeable are the adjectives in the comparative “the closer/nearer, the …”?

In an allusion to Dave Starr’s magnificent¹ cover art, I had the opportunity to use its title idiomatically, and said: “The closer the bone, the sweeter the meat.” … and was promptly corrected: “...
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Is it grammatically correct to say "A is more pregnant than B"?

Since one is either pregnant or not, I am wondering if it is grammatically correct to say "A is more pregnant than B". For example, in one of the following two scenarios, can one correctly say "A is ...
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"more massive"?

I stumbled upon this sentence in Wikipedia: Titan is 50% larger than Earth's moon and 80% more massive. I struggle with the "more massive" part. I find some books do use that phrase. Is it ...
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Comparative Adjectives without Than or Object

I am writing a scientific paper which concerns itself with "short" texts, like the ones we encounter on social media platforms and so. Other literature uses the same term "short texts" to refer to ...
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Omission of subject in tensed clause

I know the subject can be omitted in untensed clauses. But I've encountered with the following: You spent more money than was intended to be spent. Here, 'than' seems to be functioning like a ...
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