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    noun phrases/comparative

    Which are correct:

    1) a smoother driving car
    1A) a more smooth driving car

    2) a harder hitting boxer
    2A) a more hard hitting boxer

    3) a finer tuned engine

    3A) a more fine tuned engine

    4) a worse designed machine
    4A) a more badly designed machine

    These are obviously noun phrases and not full sentences.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: noun phrases/comparative

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1) a smoother driving car
    1A) a more smooth driving car

    2) a harder hitting boxer
    2A) a more hard hitting boxer

    3) a finer tuned engine

    3A) a more fine tuned engine

    4) a worse designed machine
    4A) a more badly designed machine

    These are obviously noun phrases and not full sentences.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    1) is OK. However, we are more likely to say that a car "gives a smoother drive/ride".
    1A) is incorrect.

    2) is OK
    2A) is incorrect.

    3) is incorrect.
    3A) A more finely-tuned engine.

    4) is awkward but possible. You could say "I have never seen a worse designed machine in my life".
    4A) is OK as long as it's a direct comparison with something you have already said is "badly designed". The second thing has to be more "badly designed" than the first.

    It would have been much easier for us to comment if you had put these phrases into full sentences so that we could see if you could use them correctly in the relevant context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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