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    #1

    more unique and most unique

    Is it grammatically correct to use the adjective "unique" in both the comparative and the superlative form?

    Can you say something like:

    (1) The way Tom designs clothing is more unique than John's.

    (2) The most unique feature of this model car is the pair of front tires.

    Please explain this. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: more unique and most unique

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtrinh View Post
    Is it grammatically correct to use the adjective "unique" in both the comparative and the superlative form?
    No.

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    Re: more unique and most unique

    The comparative and superlative forms of this very unique () adjective are among my pet hates. However, you will see and hear them from a lot of native speakers these days.

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    Re: more unique and most unique

    It's more a question of meaning than grammar. If you take a literal interpretation of unique, which Piscean would prefer, you wouldn't, but many speakers do use these forms. You could use alternatives that would work and wouldn't annoy anyone- like more original in the first and simply unique or most striking in the second.

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