Both are fine.
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I had thought the comparative form of angry is "angrier" until I came across an article in which "more angry" is used. Are they both OK? Or one is more informally used? Looking forward to your help.
Both are fine.
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I'm sorry, but I don't see a reason why "more angry" should be right.
If it were an adverb, I would accept it, but it's only a one-syllable adjective.
angry -> angrier -> angriest
hungry -> hungrier -> hungriest.
fast -> faster -> fastest
difficult -> more difficult -> most difficult
(Because it's diffi-cult).
Of course everyone will understand you if you say "more angry", but I doubt it would let you look good.
Good afternoon, Chance22.
(1) I believe that speakers and writers often have a choice between using " -er " or "more."
(2) Sometimes it seems to depend on the sound of the adjective or the rhythm of the whole sentence.
(a) Tom is famouser/ more famous than Sue.
(i) I think most people prefer the sound of "more famous."
(3) Sometimes -- as you so correctly said -- it depends on how formal you want to be.
(a) One book gives this example:
(i) Tom is cleverer than Sue = informal.
(ii) Tom is more clever than Sue =formal.
(4) Another book reminds us that sometimes you CANNOT use -er.
(a) When you compare two descriptions of a person, you need "more":
(i) Tom is more lazy than stupid.
(a) You CANNOT say: Tom is lazier than stupid.
Therefore, I think that you would have to say:
I was more angry than embarrassed. (NOT: I was angrier than embarrassed.)
(5) Sometimes it is your choice. You may choose the one that sounds "smoother" to your ears:
(a) Don't say that to Tom. It will only make him angrier/ more angry.
Which one do you prefer? (I prefer "angrier")
(b) Why are you so calm and quiet? I think that you should get angrier/ more angry about what they did to you.
Which one do you prefer? (I prefer "more angry")
Have a nice day!
Angry and hungry both have 2 syllables (An-gry and hun-gry)
Difficult does indeed have 3 syllables (Di-ffi-cult).
One syllable words have literally just one sound that you make all in one go:
Etc etc, I could go on for hours.
I don't know, emsr2d2.
There are plenty of such words.
happy -> happier -> happiest
lucky -> luckier -> luckiest
(I bet you'll find them in every dictionary.)
hungry, angry etc. simply belong to them.
Maybe we take this "one-syllable" rule too accurate.
Or maybe it's not the only rule?
About "more angry":
Yes, I think it depends on context.
"Tom is more angry than stupid" - similar to Parser's version.
(But to be honest: I could not explain it very well.)
I was just about to say that syllable counts are equal to the number of vowels in a word before I actually checked my Oxford dictionary. Clearly, I've been in the wrong. As Nightmare85 illustrates, words ending in consonant + y (angry/lucky/happy etc) are in fact one syllable shorter than expected. I'm curious to hear what others in the know have to say about this.
I don't think there are hard and fast rules about this.
I'd say use whichever word that sounds better to you in a sentence.
Of course the long the word get, it becomes awkward to use the '-er'.
Still, I've come across words like 'pleasanter'.
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