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    #1

    Question which is the correct?

    If you had written it the more correct - I would have understood it sooner.



    Or

    The more correct you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.


    Thank You a lot
    Last edited by moncsa001; 25-Jun-2011 at 19:37.

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by moncsa001 View Post
    If you had written it the more correct - I would have understood it sooner.



    Or

    The more correct you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.


    Thank You a lot
    You can't really say "more correct". Something is either correct or it's not. It may contain some correct elements and some incorrect elements but one thing cannot be more correct than another.

    "If you had written it correctly in the first place, I would have understood it sooner."

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Thank You.

    And so, Is it correct?

    the more correctly you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.

    Such as: The correcter you are- the sooner you will finish it.



    Or, which word can be used instead of correct?

    Maybe: strick, precise, exact

    the more precisely/ you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.

    the more precise you are - the sooner you will finish it.


    These sentences are right?
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    Re: which is the correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by moncsa001 View Post
    Thank You.

    And so, Is it correct?

    the correcter you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.


    Such as: The correcter you are- the sooner you will finish it.
    Moncsa001, mind what emsr2d2 said. She said
    You can't really say "more correct". Something is either correct or it's not.
    We call such adjectives absolute. Other absolute adjectives are, for example:

    - unique
    - supreme
    - finite

    Absolute adjectives are those which cannot be gradated. You cannot be more unique than someone else. You can be either unique (the only one of your kind) or not. Emsr2d2 said that "correct" is an absolute adjective, which means it cannot be gradated. Therefore, "more correct" and "correcter" are both incorrect. Some people might disagree with this, but even those people would never use "correcter". It is a very unusual form. Those people would use "more correct".

    PS: I have just found out that the term "absolute adjective" may be used in another sense. They shouldn't be confused. The other sense can be found here.
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    Re: which is the correct?

    As I said, something is either correct or it isn't.

    However, with precise, you can use "more" or "less". You can't say "preciser".

    - How much is that car?
    - About 5000 pounds.
    - Can you be more precise please? Exactly how much is it?
    - It is 4995 pounds.

    - How big is your room?
    - It's one metre and 47 centimetres across and two metres and 51 centimetres long.
    - You could have been less precise! You could have just told me it was quite big!

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    Re: which is the correct?

    I think I got it. I haven't known by now that the "correct" is an absolute adverb.

    Thank You for the comments.


    I hope these sentence are correct :)

    the more precisely/preciser
    you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.

    the more precise you are - the sooner you will finish it.

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by moncsa001 View Post
    I think I got it. I haven't known by now that the "correct" is an absolute adverb.

    Thank You for the comments.


    I hope these sentence are correct :)

    the more precisely/preciser
    you had written it - the sooner I would have understood it.

    the more precise you are - the sooner you will finish it.
    Please re-read my previous post where I clearly state that you cannot say "preciser".

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Oh, of course, more precise. I have slipped of the pen. Thank You

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by moncsa001 View Post
    I think I got it. I haven't known by now that the "correct" is an absolute adverb.

    Thank You for the comments.


    I hope these sentence are correct :)

    The more precisely
    you had written it, the sooner I would have understood it.

    The more precise you are, the sooner you will finish it.
    And you can't use a dash instead of a comma. I've fixed it for you.

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    Re: which is the correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can't really say "more correct". Something is either correct or it's not. It may contain some correct elements and some incorrect elements but one thing cannot be more correct than another.

    "If you had written it correctly in the first place, I would have understood it sooner."
    I think the context may be this https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post768169 If so, emsr2d2's suggestion is appropriate (although, as you know, I'd question the 'correctly' )

    b

    PS 'Correct' [in your subject line] can't - like some other adjectives - be used to make a noun. So, given two possibilties, the question should be 'Which [[one]/of these two] is correct? or 'Which is the correct one/sentence/choice/<some-noun>?. (This is quite a confident question, as it implies that one of them is)
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