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    Default keener or more keen ?

    My dictionary says comparative and superlative forms of 'keen' are more and most, which I agree and understand.

    However, most of my grammar books and some of "Yahoo answers" say 'keener' and "keenest' are proper.

    I'm quite confused between keener and more keen, and 'keener' sounds like a person to me - like a moderner or stranger.

    What do you think the proper forms are?
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    Default Re: keener or more keen ?

    Both the -er/est and the more/most forms are acceptable.

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    Default Re: keener or more keen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    My dictionary says comparative and superlative forms of 'keen' is more and most, which I agree and understand.

    However, most of my grammar books and some of "Yahoo answers" say 'keener' and "keenest' are proper.

    I'm quite confused between keener and more keen, and 'keener' sounds like a person to me - like a moderner or stranger.

    What do you think the proper forms are?
    Proper? Make your choice. I would use keener /keenest.

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    Default Re: keener or more keen ?

    So woud I. It's a one-syllable word. Therefore, i feel the -er and -est suffixes should be applied.

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    Default Re: keener or more keen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    So woud I. It's a one-syllable word. Therefore, i feel the -er and -est suffixes should be applied.
    There is no 'should' about it. 'More keen' and 'most keen' are commonly used.

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