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    Default stupid - stupider - more stupid

    Hi!

    Can we choose in this case. Or do we have to use one in particular? Does it count for all adjectives with 2 syllables?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: stupid - stupider - more stupid

    You might hear stupider informally or colloquially, but stick to more stupid for formal use.

    If the two-syllable adjective ends in -y, like funny, it becomes funnier/funniest.

    This site sums it up neatly.

    Rover
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    Default Re: stupid - stupider - more stupid

    Found a rule - with two syllables you also use more and most except for words with the ending -y or -er.

    dirty dirtier
    clever cleverer


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    Default Re: stupid - stupider - more stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hi!

    Can we choose in this case. Or do we have to use one in particular? Does it count for all adjectives with 2 syllables?

    Thanks in advance!!



    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    (1) I have read that there is at least one time when you must use the

    "more" version of an adjective: when comparing two qualities of a person:

    Tom: I think that James is rude.

    Martha: Not really!

    Tom: What do you mean? You know how he acts.

    Martha: Actually, he is more stupid than rude.

    ("He is stupider than rude" is reportedly not acceptable to most

    native speakers.)



    James

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    Default Re: stupid - stupider - more stupid

    Very nice add-on, James. In your example stupid is not inceased but compared to another adjective (more X than X). Which is a good contribution. Thank you, James

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