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    comparative...

    Hi,

    A question about "comparative".

    *He is more clever than wise.

    Could you tell me the reason why don't you use "He is cleverer than wiser."?


    Best regards...

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    Re: comparative...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20
    Could you tell me the reason why don't you use "He is *cleverer than wiser"?
    clever is a two-syllable word.

    The general rule is as follows: add -er and est to one-syllable words and to two-syllable words ending in y. The rest get more and most.


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    Re: comparative...

    Thanks for the answer...

    You wrote:
    clever is a two-syllable word.

    The general rule is as follows: add -er and est to one-syllable words and to two-syllable words ending in y. The rest get more and most.

    But I think "He is more clever than wise." is correct.
    This sentence is not similar to "He is cleverer than Tom."
    I learned we add "more" to clever in case we compare one personality to another of one person. Why do you add "more" though it violates a general rule?

    Best regards...


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    Re: comparative...

    A corollary is: two-syllable words not ending with y get 'more' and 'most'.
    Hence 'more clever'.
    'cleverer' doesn't exist.

    FRC

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    Re: comparative...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20
    I learned we add "more" to clever in case we compare one personality to another of one person. Why do you add "more" though it violates a general rule?

    Best regards...
    See FRC's post.

    The Rule
    Add -er to one-syllable words:
    One-syllable word: wise, wiser (OK)

    Add more to two-syllable words:
    Two-syllable word: cle'ver, more clever (OK) *cleverer (Not OK)

    Exception to the Rule
    Add -er to two-syllable words ending in -y:
    Two-syllable word ending in -y: happy, happier (OK)

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