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    Alex gave more right answers than John

    Hello teachers,

    I remember once a native English speaker told me "Alex gave more right answers than John" is a correct sentence.

    But I have some problem with that sentence.

    Why(more right) is correct but (righter) is incorrect? Aren't they both comparative? Aren't they same?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Alex gave more right answers than John

    Alex gave a higher number of correct answers than John.

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    Re: Alex gave more right answers than John

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Alex gave a higher number of correct answers than John.
    So you mean his sentence was incorrect right?

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    Re: Alex gave more right answers than John

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I remember once a native English speaker told me "Alex gave more right answers than John" is a correct sentence.

    But I have some problem with that sentence.

    Why(more right) is correct but (righter) is incorrect? Aren't they both comparative? Aren't they same?
    You're confusing two different uses of more.

    In the original sentence, I believe more refers to the quantity of right answers; for example, Alex gave 5 right answers, but John gave only 3.

    With regard to more right vs. righter: The rule says that a one-syllable adjective takes -er in the comparative, so "righter" is correct; however, you could also say "more right" and I don't think anyone would really argue with it. Alex was righter than John on question 2.

    There's another little problem, though: Is it even possible to be "righter" or "more right"? Isn't something either right or wrong, without degree? (Just a philosophical question to ponder, but for this reason we don't really hear either form very often..!)

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