Er, more?

More and more people are using “more” instead of the comparative “er” form: more fair, more clear, more gray. Since those are one-syllable adjectives, they should be “fairer,” “clearer” and “grayer.”

“More” is used with most two-syllable and all three-syllable adjectives: more thoughtful, more careful, more important, more intelligent.

However, two-syllable adjectives ending in “ow,” “le,” “y” and “er,” use the comparative form. But of course, there are exceptions; some of these adjectives can be used with either the comparative form or “more”: clever, friendly, gentle, simple.


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