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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.
Why do you say it is "wrong"?
Most Americans say it like this "Easier said than done." That is wrong, correct? It's not a complete sentence.
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.
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 03:25.