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    #1

    speak clearer or more clearly

    Of the two speakers, Jay speaks clearer OR more clearly?

    I thought both are acceptable, but there seems to be a difference for which I can't explain.

    thank you for teaching me!

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    Re: speak clearer or more clearly

    Both are acceptable. You need an adverb to modify 'speak'; 'more clearly' is obviously an adverb, and 'clearer' can be too.
    Similarly: "run faster", "jump higher" etc.
    Sometimes there's a version that sounds better. "Run more quickly" and "Jump more highly" aren't as natural as the terms above.

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