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    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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    Default Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    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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    Default Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    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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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Default Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Thank you two:)

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    You're welcome.

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