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    Question Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    Hi,

    after endless discussion with my girlfriend we thought about posting it here - since she doesn't believe me ..

    big - bigger - the biggest, that's whatI learned in school.

    She claims that it would be right to use:
    more bigger
    as well, but I think this is wrong.

    esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/comp.htm
    that kind of tells me that I'm right - but still she doesn't believe me.

    Could someone help us to solve this problem?

    Thank you in advance :)
    Bye Chris

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8080 View Post
    Hi,

    after endless discussion with my girlfriend we thought about posting it here - since she doesn't believe me ..

    big - bigger - the biggest, that's whatI learned in school.

    She claims that it would be right to use:
    more bigger
    as well, but I think this is wrong.

    esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/comp.htm
    that kind of tells me that I'm right - but still she doesn't believe me.

    Could someone help us to solve this problem?

    Thank you in advance :)
    Bye Chris
    "more bigger" is incorrect.

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    "big" is a small word. It goes without saying "more bigger" sounds awkward. You may say "more difficult", "more beautiful".

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    'more bigger' is not just awkward; as bhai said, it is incorrect. 'bigger' is already the comparative form; you can't make it more comparative.

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    Thank you all.
    The rule I learned is:
    Along with 3 syllables we would use more, most.
    Now I found a rule for every adjective derived from french, greek, etc - but still the longer ones.

    Hope that will avoid some discussion in the future ;)
    Thanks.

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    There are no absolute rules about how we form the comparison and superlative forms of adjectives.
    Generally speaking, adjectives of one syllable add er/est: high, higher, highest.
    Those of three syllables or more generally take more/most: difficult, more difficult, most difficult.

    Two-syllable adjectives ending in an unstressed syllable, especially if that syllable ends in a vowel sound, generally add -er/est: lively, livelier, liveliest.

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    Re: Comparative adjectives - big etc.

    There are no absolute rules about how we form the comparison and superlative forms of adverbs Generally we construct these forms with more and most, but a few adverbs, such as fast and hard, that have the same form as adjectives, take -er, -est.

    There are also a few irregular forms, such as well/better/best and badly/worse/worst.

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