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    Cool simpler or more simple

    Hello there!

    I can't find a clear answer.... Do we say "more simple" or "simpler", please?

    Thank you very much
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    Re: simpler or more simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    I can't find a clear answer.... Do we say "more simple" or "simpler", please?
    Simpler is commoner/more common.

    The reason you cannot find a clear answer is that there isn't one. Among two-syllable adjectives with an unstressed second syllable, some (such as those ending in -y) almost always have -(i)er.
    Others, (such as clever and simple) normally have -er.
    Yet others, (such as boring and sinful) never have -er.

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    Cool quieter, fairer

    Hello!

    Do we say "more fair" or "fairer", "more quiet" or "quieter"?

    Thank you
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    Re: quieter, fairer

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Do we say "more fair" or "fairer", "more quiet" or "quieter"?
    All are acceptable.

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    Re: simpler or more simple

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Simpler is commoner/more common.

    The reason you cannot find a clear answer is that there isn't one. Among two-syllable adjectives with an unstressed second syllable, some (such as those ending in -y) almost always have -(i)er.
    Others, (such as clever and simple) normally have -er.
    Yet others, (such as boring and sinful) never have -er.
    I would say "simpler" but not "commoner."

    "Commoner" makes me think of a "non-noble" person (e.g. House of Commons)

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