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    diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    Hello teachers,

    Is "diabolical" non-gradable or gradable adjective? Can we use it wit comparative form? Can we use it with "very"?

    For example suppose that I am looking at two cruel persons and I say:

    "His eyes are very diabolical"

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    "His eyes are more diabolical than her eyes"

    I searched for it in the forum but couldn't find a helpful thread related to my question.

    No source/Self made grammar question
    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    It seems non-gradable to me.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    I find describing someone's eyes as diabolical quite unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    As with so many of your questions, there is no absolute answer.

    The labels 'gradable' and 'non-gradable' were invented as a useful short-hand for moderately simple explanations of why most native speakers use some adjectives with certain constructions and do not use others with these constructions.

    There are no lists of gradable and non-gradable adjectives with which everyone would agree.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    My friend, I don't ask you for a list. I just give a context and ask you to help and tell me whether it's usage in my context is correct or not.

    Best wishes
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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    My friend, I don't ask you for a list. I just give a context and ask you to help and tell me whether it's usage in my context is correct or not.
    As with so many of your questions, there is no absolute answer.

    Where have I seen that before?

    I think you need to know that some native speakers do not like being addressed as 'my friend'.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    Others may have answer for it. I also give context. I don't know what bothers you with my questions.
    I told you I give a context and say whether the usage of that word in this context is correct or not.
    This is a forum and I haven't done something against the rules of the forum.

    Thank you.

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    Re: diabolical [gradable adjective or non-gradable?]

    Thread Closed - it's going nowhere.

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