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    Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Hi, I'd like to learn if the following sentence is correct:

    "People are getting more and more rude these days!"

    If this one is correct, can we use the same structure by changing the verb from "rude" to "crazy"? Because, as far as I know, it is "crazier" not "more crazy". Thanks in advance.

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    Interesting semantics there, Super Sonic. The question isn't a matter of which is correct, -er versus more? It's the reduplicated (adverbial) phrase more and more. Is it grammatical and, if so, is it standard?

    [1] People are getting ruder and ruder.
    [2] People are getting more and more rude.

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    Umm... Thanks for the answer. So are the both of them possible in the English language? Or neither can be used?


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    Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Both are possible:

    They are acting more and more crazy/crazily
    They are acting crazier and crazier

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    Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    To me, there's a slight difference in meaning expressed by these two:

    [1] reduplicated: ruder and ruder
    Meaning, getting worse quickly

    [2] reduplicated: more and more rude
    Meaning, getting worse but not quickly

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    Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Thank you two:)

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    You're welcome.

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