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    more noble instead of nobler

    I've bought a modern version of Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet".

    In the famous soliloquy by Hamlet in the third act the original text says " nobler" while the version in modern english says "more noble"
    Is the form more noble more common (could I also say commoner) than nobler?
    Which one would a native speaker prefer? Why?
    Thanks Rip.

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    Re: more noble instead of nobler

    You'll hear both being used. Google suggests that the old fashioned way comes up on top:

    nobler 355,000
    more noble 156,000
    noblest 408,000
    most noble 209,000


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