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    comparison of adjectives

    Some adjectives are clearly gradable, e.g. long, wide, short - longer, wider, shorter. These do not go with 'completely': ?completely long/wide/short.
    Other adjectives go well with completely: completely straight/empty/dry. Are these gradable, i.e. can you form comparatives, e.g. straighter, emptier, drier? I have a feeling that it is more natural to say that something is drier than something else (as talking about cakes) but not emptier - things are either empty or not, right? How about straighter?
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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    The new road is straighter than the old one seems OK to me. It may not be 100% logical, but it works, as does Since the operation you stand straighter than you did before.

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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    Well, "straightness" is something that is routinely specified and measured in manufacturing and construction. So it is less "absolute" a concept than "empty."

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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Well, "straightness" is something that is routinely specified and measured in manufacturing and construction. So it is less "absolute" a concept than "empty."
    Although I cannot imagine anyone speaking of a "semi-straight wall/road" while I could speak of a "half-empty bottle", however more absolute "empty" is.

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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    I always think of it as half full.

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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I always think of it as half full.
    To the brim!
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    Re: comparison of adjectives

    Thank you! :)

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