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    Scarcer or More Scarce?

    Hi, While I was reviewing a text a doubt came to my mind: shoud I say " Labour has become more scarce" or "Labour has become scarcer"? Can you please help me? :) Thank you. Ana


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    Re: Scarcer or More Scarce?

    For a one-syllable word, you make the comparative with -er:
    scarcer

    For a word of three or more syllables, you make the comparative with the word "more":
    more abundant

    For two-syllable words, "more" is used more often, but there are many exceptions, and there are words where either form is accepted.

    You posted this seven hours ago. I hope next time we'll give you a faster answer, prompter, more rapid, more immediate.

    regards
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by AnaZ View Post
    Hi, While I was reviewing a text a doubt came to my mind: shoud I say " Labour has become more scarce" or "Labour has become scarcer"? Can you please help me? :) Thank you. Ana


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    Smile Re: Scarcer or More Scarce?

    Thank's... I should trust more those basic rules we learn at school :) It's just that, sometimes, especially when writing under pressure, I have this "stupid" doubts. Usually, the excuse I give myself is "It does't sound well!". Once again, thank you... And don't worry; the answer came right on time! Best Regards, Ana


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    Re: Scarcer or More Scarce?

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    For a one-syllable word, you make the comparative with -er:
    scarcer

    For a word of three or more syllables, you make the comparative with the word "more":
    more abundant

    For two-syllable words, "more" is used more often, but there are many exceptions, and there are words where either form is accepted.

    You posted this seven hours ago. I hope next time we'll give you a faster answer, prompter, more rapid, more immediate.

    regards
    edward

    Edward, I just made an account to let you know that I got it. Funny.


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