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    Funnier VS more fun

    Hello!

    Whenever you have a short adjective you add 'er' or 'ier'. But since I saw 'more fun' being used I believe this is not a general rule, is it?

    I need to know why 'more fun' is correct AND if it is equivalent to 'funnier'.

    Can anyone please help?

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    #2

    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    [I am not a teacher]

    I don't think they are equivalent.

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    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    "Fun" and "funny" are two different words.

    "Funnier" is something that is more funny.

    "Funner" is something that is more fun. I would only use "more fun." "Funner" strikes me as an odd word.

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    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    Hello.
    I've always thought 'fun' is an uncountable noun. It is, however, listed as an adjective in many dictionaries here.

    1. funny - funnier - (the) funniest - 'funny' is an adjective
    2. much fun - more fun - (the) most fun - 'fun' is a noun modified by 'much'

    When the 'fun' is used as an adjective, its comparative and superlative would be:
    fun - funner - funnest

    I agree with SoothingDave that 'fun' and 'funny' are two different words.

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    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    I was honestly surprised to see "funner" in the dictionary. I would not say "a bad day on the golf course is funner than a good day at the office." I would say "more fun."

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    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I was honestly surprised to see "funner" in the dictionary. I would not say "a bad day on the golf course is funner than a good day at the office." I would say "more fun."
    I find your sentence odd, too. I'd probably write/say 'more fun' in that case. (And I personally think the 'fun' in your sentence is a noun. Therefore 'more fun'.)

    Then, what about:

    There is a fun thing to do here.
    1. There is a funner thing to do there.
    2. There is a more fun thing to do there.

    Would you choose #2?
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 24-Jul-2013 at 19:24.

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    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I find your sentence odd, too. I'd probably write/say 'more fun' in that case. (And I personally think the 'fun' in your sentence is a noun. Therefore 'more fun'.)

    Then, what about:

    There is a fun thing to do here.
    1. There is a funner thing to do there.
    2. There is a more fun thing to do there.

    Would you choose #2?
    It's a predicate adjective as I reckon it. It's describing the day. Day is more fun.

    I would not choose #2 either. I would avoid the word "funner" completely. But that is me.

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    I have decried the adjectival use of fun in the past: see the thread "Fun is a noun goddammit" under English Idioms and Sayings. But the evolution of the language grinds on relentlessly.
    Last edited by probus; 25-Jul-2013 at 06:51.

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    #9

    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    Hi tzfujimino,
    much better-more better-(the)most better. Is it correct?

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    #10

    Re: Funnier VS more fun

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi tzfujimino,
    much better-more better-(the)most better. Is it correct?
    Hello, UM Chakma.

    No, it isn't.

    'good (well) - better - (the) best' is correct.

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