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    Red face yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    Hello, Teacher,

    I rarely come across the comparatives of colour adjectives in English. Are these comparative forms correct and are both ways possible for some of them:

    redder, bluer, greener, pinker, whiter, blacker, browner, grayer,
    yellower and more yellow, more purple, more orange, more violet?

    Thanks!

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    The usual guideline applies: use 'more' before multi-syllable words. (There are exceptions: 'yellower' is fairly common.)

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    I guess "multi" refers to 3 or more syllables. Except violet(which probably shouldn't have been mentioned at all), all the adjectives are either monosyllabic or disyllabic.

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    I was too lazy to type 'disyllabic or multisyllabic'.

    You've shamed me into it.

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    So, all the comparatives I have written are correct?
    I am confused and wanted to check because I have never heard "pinker" and some others.
    On the other hand, I heard "more red" on TV, which is not in accordance with the rules. :D

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    I deliberately avoided the word 'rule'.

    I said 'guideline'.

    You can expect to find many exceptions to this guideline.

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    Fine, no rules and no answers.

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    Your comparatives are all correct, but other individuals could use different words. There are no hard and fast rules. I doubt that anybody would use "violeter".

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    I have never heard "pinker" and some others.
    'Pinker' is a less understandable concept, since pink is a combination of red and white. Most of the other colours you've mentioned occur on the light spectrum, or rainbow.
    So, if you have a can of red paint, do you need to add a lot of white, or very little white to get the pinkest colour?

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    Re: yellower or more yellow (colour adjectives)

    One could ask the same about any color that is not a primary color: orange is made from red and yellow; purple is made from red and blue; green is made from blue and yellow, etc.

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