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    less sticky or less stickier

    Bubble gum was less ____________ (stick) than regular chewing gum and it streched more easily.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    Less sticky.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    The comparative (the -er suffix) means "more + adjective". So "stickier" = "more sticky". You can't say something is "less more sticky".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    Could you please explain your example once again because comparative forms of adjectives is not my cup of tea.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    Quote Originally Posted by Lapo4ka View Post
    Could you please explain your example once again because comparative forms of adjectives is not my cup of tea.

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    "Stickier" is the comparative form of "sticky", therefore you do not say "less stickier" or "more stickier". You also do not say, "most stupidest".

    On the hand, you can you can say "more useful".
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 20-Sep-2012 at 19:29.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    I don't speak Russian so apologies if this comparison really doesn't work:

    Sticky = липкий
    Stickier = липкие

    In Russian, can you say "более липким"?

    If that is grammatically acceptable, then please ignore this post. If it is not grammatically acceptable, then the situation is the same in English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't speak Russian so apologies if this comparison really doesn't work:

    Sticky = липкий
    Stickier = липкие

    In Russian, can you say "более липким"?

    If that is grammatically acceptable, then please ignore this post. If it is not grammatically acceptable, then the situation is the same in English.
    The situation isn't exactly the same in Russian.

    "липкий" doesn't have a short comparative form like "stickier". "более липкий" is the comparative of "липкий", so in Russian we would say "more sticky". "липкий" and "липкие" are just different cases.

    But you're definitely on to something. It seems illogical to me to say "более дороже". "дороже" is the comparative of "дорогой".

    (I must admit that I can't write very well so I hope that I haven't made any mistakes .)

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    Re: less sticky or less stickier

    "You can't say something is "less more sticky"."

    But you can say something is 'more or less sticky'. English is strange, eh.

    The comparative and superlative forms of adjectives swap out 'more' for '-er' and 'most' for '-est', but you can't combine them such as 'more stickier' or 'most stickiest.' The word 'less' does not swap out for the suffix '-er', so just think of 'less' as a replacement for 'more' and be sure not to use the comparative ('-er') or superlative ('-est') suffixes.

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