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    Hi teachers!

    I`d like to ask you a question regarding the adjective common. If I were to take an exam [say ,FCE], which comparative degree should I use : commoner or more common?. Which of these two words is mostly used in Br.E.?

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: commoner

    More common is more common.

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    Re: commoner

    This is how I see the word commoner:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/commoner
    1. a common person, as distinguished from one with rank, status, etc.

    2. British.
    a. any person ranking below a peer; a person without a title of nobility.

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by bendriss View Post
    More common is more common.
    I`m afraid I don`t understand your reply. Do you suggest that more common is more used than commoner?
    Last edited by Teia; 30-Aug-2007 at 13:27.

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    This is how I see the word commoner:

    commoner - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    1. a common person, as distinguished from one with rank, status, etc.

    2. British.
    a. any person ranking below a peer; a person without a title of nobility.
    Hi Blouen

    Thank you.I know the meaning of the word "commoner", but I`d like to know which one is mostly used in Br.E. : commoner or more common?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    I`m afraid I don`t understand your reply. My question was : which of the comparative degrees -commoner or more common- is mostly used in British English?
    Well, I treat two-syllable adjectives the same way (with some exceptions, of course):

    common - more common
    handsome - more handsome


    but

    pretty - prettier
    narrow - narrower

    and some others

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Well, I treat two-syllable adjectives the same way (with some exceptions, of course):

    common - more common
    handsome - more handsome


    but

    pretty - prettier
    narrow - narrower

    and some others
    Hi Engee

    I know the rules of forming the degrees of comparison . My question was : which of the following two words is mostly used in Br.E. -commoner or more common?

    The adjective common has both forms in the comparative degree :commoner and more common.

    Read ,please, Anglika`s comment [on the following link] and you`ll see that the adjective common has the form commoner in the comparative, as well :

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...place-put.html

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Blouen

    Thank you.I know the meaning of the word "commoner", but I`d like to know which one is mostly used in Br.E. : commoner or more common?
    'More common'. But, as Anglika said, 'commoner' exists.

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    I`m afraid I don`t understand your reply. Do you suggest that more common is more used than commoner?

    Yes, that's what I mean. More common is more common than commoner.

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    Re: commoner

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'More common'. But, as Anglika said, 'commoner' exists.

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    Hi BobK

    Thank you very much for your answer. That`s the answer I have been waiting for!

    Teia

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