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    #31

    Re: 'More strict' vs 'stricter'

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    Sowwy. I know it is correct to say "more prettier" but not "more pretty".
    Oh dear. I would have said 'more prettier' is not correct. Either the 'more' or the '-ier' is redundant, as they both mean the same.

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    #32

    Talking Re: 'More strict' vs 'stricter'

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    Oh dear. I would have said 'more prettier' is not correct. Either the 'more' or the '-ier' is redundant, as they both mean the same.
    How about much more prettier, could be!


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    #33

    Re: 'More strict' vs 'stricter'

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    How about much more prettier, could be!
    For me:

    Pretty - correct
    More pretty - correct
    Prettier - correct
    More prettier - incorrect
    Much prettier - correct
    Much more pretty - correct
    Much more prettier - incorrect

    I really hope there is a rule. Rules are good. I'm very much of the disposition that a language should be defined by how it is used, however. A rule, at least, would let me say that how it is used is correct or not, rather than this 'could be' that exists just now.

    If there is no real rule, then we will just continue going round in circles, and 'agree to disagree' will prevail.


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    #34

    Re: 'More strict' vs 'stricter'

    What I learned from back in junior high school English class was that as a general rule, "-er" ending is used with the words that are less than 6 letters long while "more" is used if they are longer than 6 letters. For instance, "beautiful" should be more beautiful while "tall" should be taller. Some words that are 6 letters long, such as strict, can go both ways as an except to the rule. The rule doesn't apply all the time but most of the time it works.

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