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    #1

    simpler or 'more simple'?

    hi,

    is it right that, when a word has more than one syllable, one should use "more" in front of it in order to express the increase of intensity/size/amount?

    if there are 2 syllable in "simple" why do people say "simpler" instead of "more simple"?

    thanks.

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    Re: simpler or 'more simple'?

    is it right that, when a word has more than one syllable , one should use "more" in front of it in order to express the increase of intensity/size/amount?

    yes,but only if it doesn't end in -y , because then it takes the -ier and -iest patterns,just like

    pretty prettier prettiest
    happy
    happier happiest
    dirty
    dirtier dirtiest


    if there are 2 syllable in "simple" why do people say "simpler" instead of "more simple"?

    because , as a two-syllable adjective ending in an unstressed vowel, simple takes the -er/-est patterns (just like clever)

    hope this helps.

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    Re: simpler or 'more simple'?

    thanks a lot.
    could you please explain what an unstressed vowel is? could you provide some examples?
    is "more simple" also correct?
    thanks again.

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    Re: simpler or 'more simple'?

    could you please explain what an unstressed vowel is?

    in simple the letter "i" (the first syllable) has its full sound, the second syllable is not stressed at all.


    could you provide some examples?
    quiet,shallow,narrow

    is "more simple" also correct?

    it is basically, but it would be rather unusual with short adjectives, I think, for the comparative or superlative to be formed with more or most.



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    Re: simpler or 'more simple'?

    Note also, that some speakers don't consider [l] syllabic, which is why they opt for, or choose to say simpler rather than more simple. Moreover, speakers draw on similar patterns elsewhere in the grammar. For example, simple and easy are synonyms, and so speakers will assume that they follow the same pattern: simpler and easier.


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    Re: simpler or 'more simple'?

    Note;
    It is a dead giveaway that a person is not a native speaker if they say more easy.
    ~R

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