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    simpler or more simple?


    If I say 'more simple', is it incorrect?
    Thank you.


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    Re: simpler or more simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by torpes View Post

    If I say 'more simple', is it incorrect?
    Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Torpes.

    (1) You have asked a great question.

    (2) Sometimes you have a choice with two-syllable adjectives.

    (a) You may use "-er" or "more."

    (b) Sometimes speakers or writers choose the one that they think

    sounds "better" in a particular sentence.

    (3) Mr. L. G. Alexander in his reliable Longman English Grammar says

    both "simpler" and "more simple" are correct.

    (a) Since you are a learner, it might be a good idea to use the -er form

    until you are more acquainted with English.


    By the way, many books tell us that sometimes you HAVE TO use "more."

    For example: He is more lazy than stupid.

    One may NOT say: He is lazier than stupid.

    Have a nice day!

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