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    Re: more stiff

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    Some dictionaries indicate that the comparative degree is "stiffer".
    Both forms are acceptable as comparatives. "stiffer" is more common, but "more stiff" is not wrong.
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    #12

    Re: more stiff

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Things are changing.
    I have relevant questions about "more stiff".

    1. Should I memorize "more stiff" as a particular case or this rule can apply to the comparative words? For examples, more hard, more easy, more slim, more fat, etc.

    2. Is "more easy" acceptable? What I learnt before is easier.

    The context is another man says, "Is it more easy to change 30-year-old man with 30-year habits or five-year old child with 30 seconds of habit" in an audio.

    He is not the same man as the one in the audio file I provided with.

    His English and accent are really good, and I always had thought he was a native speaker, but I just found out he is not a native speaker but an Austrian a few days ago.
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    #13

    Re: more stiff

    harder
    It was already hard, but now it's harder.

    easier
    That was easier than I thought it would be.

    slimmer
    She has lost weight, and now she's slimmer.

    fatter
    She has put on a few pounds, and she's fatter.
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    #14

    Re: more stiff

    I understand some of your sentences.

    You can say more stiff, but it certainly would be more natural for me to say stiffer.

    It is hard for me to believe he actually said that.

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    He is not the same man as the one in the audio I provided a link to.

    Say;

    His English is really good, and I had had always thought he was a native speaker, but a few days ago I found out he is an Austrian.

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    #15

    Re: more stiff

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    I have relevant questions about "more stiff".

    1. Should I memorize "more stiff" as a particular case or this rule can apply to the comparative words? For examples, more hard, more easy, more slim, more fat, etc.
    These don't sound natural to me, but they may soon. Languages change. English is in flux and if you are looking for absolute rules about things that are changing, you are heading the wrong way. Instead of trying to compile an absolute rule, simply notice where people are using more with one-syllable adjectives. We still use -n for the plural of some nouns hundreds of years after -s won out in most cases.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Apr-2019 at 15:15. Reason: Fixed typo

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