I've seen "more easily" in an English grammar book and think that's quite right ! But what about "easilier", or "sadlier", ...
It seems that there is no short adverb with "ly" and so all adverbs of this kind (ends with "ly" and regard of derived adverbs from the corresponding adjectives only, such as "early" is not a derived adverb but ends with "ly" and has the comparative form as "earlier") always has the comparative form as "more" or the superlative form as "the most" before ?
Thank you so much !
Last edited by crazYgeeK; 18-Jan-2011 at 05:00.
What you have given are comparative and superlative adjective.
But what I mention here are comparative and superlative adverb.
How can you use only "easier" to say something like "I can speak English more easily than I could before" ? It may be "It's easier for me to speak English !" I don't think "easier" (as a comparative adjective) can be used to express in all cases with no need the corresponding comparative adverb "more easily" !
Thank you !
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(1) I may (repeat: may) have found what you are looking for.
(2) Mr. Michael Swan in his very popular Practical English Usage
says that in informal English (the language of ordinary people),
English speakers often use the comparative/superlative adjective for the
comparative/superlative adverb. Mr. Swan mentions:
(3) In other words, "book English" requires: Let me do the job.
I can do that job more easily than he (can).
But in the real world of real, ordinary speakers, we often hear:
Let me do the job. I can do that job easier than him.
(The books tell us that "easier" is only an adjective: Is English
easier than French?)
(4) "Book English": In my family, Mona eats the most slowly of all.
In "real English": Mona eats the slowest of all.
(The books tell us that "the slowest" is only an adjective: What is the
slowest train that I can take to Hanoi?)
(5) And I think most people (especially in an emergency) would
yell: Come quicker!!! instead of the "correct":
Come more quickly!!!
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Thank you for your information!
But I have checked my dictionary and I felt so amazed when all 4 words "easy", "slow", "loud" , "quick" are either adjective or adverb.
"easy" has two corresponding adverbs which are "easy" and "easily" (but I don't know they are whether different in meaning or not). The same to others.
So may it be "easier" is either a comparative adjective or a comparative adverb ?
If so, we have two comparative adverbs here "easier" (derives from the adverb "easy") and "more easily" (derives from the adverb "easily").
The same to others: "slower" and "more slowly", "louder" and "more loudly", "quicker" and "more quickly" are all comparative adverbs.
Therefore, all sentences you've given (one of them is "come quicker") is absolutely grammatically correct. (they should be kind of formal English not informal English)
That's all I think!
Thank you so much!
Last edited by crazYgeeK; 19-Jan-2011 at 05:25.