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    delicious and fantastic

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if 'delicious' and 'fantastic' are considered to be non-gradeable adjectives. We shouldn't say 'very delicious' and 'very fantastic', but can we use their comparatives and superlatives? I got a tremendous number of hits of 'more/the most fantastic' and 'more/the most delicious" when I googled them. Is that acceptable?

    I'd be grateful for help.
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    Re: delicious and fantastic

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if 'delicious' and 'fantastic' are considered to be non-gradeable adjectives. We shouldn't say 'very delicious' and 'very fantastic', but can we use their comparatives and superlatives? I got a tremendous number of hits of 'more/the most fantastic' and 'more/the most delicious" when I googled them. Is that acceptable?
    I would not use the comparative and superlative forms of these words, but I am old fashioned. I have noticed a tendency among younger speakers to use intensifiers and comparative and superlative forms with many adjectives that I consider non gradable. I don't think I am very unique in disliking this.

    ps. it's usual to spell 'gradable' without the middle e

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    Re: delicious and fantastic

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if 'delicious' and 'fantastic' are considered to be non-gradeable adjectives. We shouldn't say 'very delicious' and 'very fantastic', but can we use their comparatives and superlatives? I got a tremendous number of hits of 'more/the most fantastic' and 'more/the most delicious" when I googled them. Is that acceptable?

    I'd be grateful for help.
    Thank you.
    I wouldn't object to the superlative, "What was the most fantastic thing that's ever happened to you?". But I don't like the comparative, "Which was the more fantastic, A or B?"

    'Fantastic' in its original meaning, ie. related to fantasy, is a different story. Lords of the Rings is more fantastic than Lord of the Flies." But I don't think the word is used much this way any more. So, "I think Lord of the Rings is a fantastic book" is a value judgement, not a statement of fact as it might once have been.

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    Re: delicious and fantastic

    I might be one of those "younger speakers" cause I would have no problem saying that one thing was more delicious than another.

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    Re: delicious and fantastic

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I might be one of those "younger speakers" cause I would have no problem saying that one thing was more delicious than another.
    I have to admit that most people are younger than I, these days.

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