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In speech, i noticed that we tend to use 'more' in different occasions. We might use it before an adjective like (more creative) but also we can use it to say things like 'it was more like an insult' or 'It wasnt what he said that made me feel bad, it was more the way he said it'
in the last case, what exactly is the cue we use to determine the use of 'more'?
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I do not have the answer. I would, however, like to share some ideas with you.
1. Do you think that these sentences mean about the same? (I shall keep my opinion to myself.)
a. It was more an insult than a compliment.
b. It was more of an insult than a compliment.
c. It was more like an insult than a compliment.
2. One authoritative book says that a sentence such as #1a consists of the adverb "more" plus the noun "an insult," which is being used as an adjective in a comparative sentence.
3. The New Oxford American Dictionary gives this sentence (my emphasis): "They proved more of a hindrance than a help."
a. The dictionary parses "more" in that kind of sentence as a pronoun.
b. In my opinion, "of a hindrance" is a prepositional phrase that modifies the pronoun "more."
4. "It was more like an insult than a compliment."
a. Do you think that maybe we can parse #4 the same way as #3 is analyzed?
P.S. That "authoritative" book is Professor George Curme's two-volume masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language. The two volumes were published in the early 1930s, but many people believe that much of its information is still valid in 2014.
Last edited by TheParser; 13-Nov-2014 at 12:02. Reason: misspelling