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    "Speak loudly", "Speak louder" & "Speak more loudly"

    Here come three phrases:
    1. Speak loudly!
    2. Speak louder!
    3. Speak more loudly!
    Which is/are correct? If there are multiple phrases working well, how can I discriminatley use them?
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    Re: "Speak loudly", "Speak louder" & "Speak more loudly"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Great question, XXWZS:

    The music is loud; the music in room 6 is louder than the music in room 7; the music in room 8 is the loudest of all three rooms.

    As you can see, "loud" is an adjective in those sentences.

    *****

    She speaks loudly; She speaks more loudly than her husband does; in fact, she speaks the most loudly of all the five people in her family.

    As you can see, "loudly" is an adverb.

    Here is the problem: Many native speakers do NOT want to take the time and effort to say "She speaks more loudly than her husband does." So they simply use the adjectival form: "She speaks louder than her husband." Since so many native speakers do it, can we say that it is "wrong"? I will keep my opinion to myself.

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    Re: "Speak loudly", "Speak louder" & "Speak more loudly"

    'Loud' is an adverb in its own right. By extension, so is 'louder' and 'loudest'.


    loud

    adv.

    in a loud manner: loudly :Don't talk so loud.
    (Collins)

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    Re: "Speak loudly", "Speak louder" & "Speak more loudly"

    I agree.

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