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    "Easier said than done"

    Hello,
    Can you please tell me why "More easily said than done." is wrong although it should grammatically seen be correct?
    Not everything that sounds good is correct!

    I often read similar things where easy is not used as an adverb.

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Can you please tell me why "More easily said than done." is wrong although it should grammatically seen be correct?
    Not everything that sounds good is correct!

    I often read similar things where easy is not used as an adverb.

    Cheers!
    Why do you think there is anything wrong with it, other than the fact that the subject and verb has been left off?* It is a common expression.

    * That is more easily said than done.

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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Why do you say it is "wrong"?


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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Most Americans say it like this "Easier said than done." That is wrong, correct? It's not a complete sentence.

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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Thanks.

    Hello,
    Some hours ago I asked myself how this expression could be.
    Then I betted it would be "Easier said than done." and I was right:
    dict.cc | easier said than done | Deutsch-Wrterbuch
    easier said than done - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I know it's not a full sentence, but wouldn't you use it in such a situation?
    "Just solve the problem and we will be happy."
    "Well, easier said than done!"


    Okay, maybe "more easily" is correct, but I guess "easier" is more common.

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Quote Originally Posted by happymar2009 View Post
    Most Americans say it like this "Easier said than done." That is wrong, correct? It's not a complete sentence.
    It's not wrong. It's the way people speak. People do not always speak in proper sentences - in fact it's rare.

    A: Where's the cat? B: Outside in the sun.
    You will almost never hear:
    A: Where's the cat? B: The cat is outside in the sun.
    This probably occurs in most languages.

    However, if you wrote "Outside in the sun", thinking that it was a proper sentence, you would be wrong. The reason that sentences are so important in writing (as opposed to speaking) is that the reader cannot ask for immediate clarification, if necessary.
    Last edited by Raymott; 18-Mar-2010 at 04:25.

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    Re: "Easier said than done"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thanks.

    Hello,
    Some hours ago I asked myself how this expression could be.
    Then I betted it would be "Easier said than done." and I was right:
    dict.cc | easier said than done | Deutsch-Wrterbuch
    easier said than done - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I know it's not a full sentence, but wouldn't you use it in such a situation?
    "Just solve the problem and we will be happy."
    "Well, easier said than done!"


    Okay, maybe "more easily" is correct, but I guess "easier" is more common.

    Cheers!
    So that was your meaning. Now it is clearer. Yes, you will hear both expressions and I doubt that anyone will stop to think that one or the other is more grammatically correct.

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