A friend sent me this article from the Vancouver Sun, complaining that the comparative in English is dying. http://bit.ly/92tWKA
You know the comparative. In “big,” “bigger” and “biggest,” the word in the middle (“bigger”) is the comparative.
In general, the rule of thumb is that you make the comparative of a short word by adding “er.” If the word is long, you make the comparative by adding the word “more.”
So we have “softer,” not “more soft.” And we have “more expensive,” not “expensiver.”
The author of the article complains that, instead of using comparatives for short words, people are using the word “more.” Instead of saying something is “heavier,” people are saying it is “more heavy.” Instead of proclaiming something is “thinner” or “fatter,” people are saying it is “more thin” or “more fat.”
Technically the “more” construction is correct. But it’s my belief that whenever we use two words when one will do, we lose. Interestingly, this “move to more” is coming at a time when texting and tweets demand fewer and shorter words.
So maybe the comparative will win out after all. I hope.
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