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Autor:  mick r
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Data:  23/OUT/2003 7:07 PM
Assunto:  Re: Comparatives
 
Mensagem:  Good old Michael Swan in that fascinating and entertaining text, Practical English Usage, explains things cosi at para 143: (apart from irregulars and including superlatives in his treatment - Caveat: what follows is not verbatim) In general, -er and –est are used with short adjectives (one-syllable), and with two-syllable adjectives ending with –y – the rest get more and most With a few two-syllable adjectives, both kinds of comp. and superl. are possible (common, handsome, polite, quiet … etc) with nearly all of these words, the forms with more or most are more common (commoner!?) he suggests the simple rule for two-syllable adjectives – use more or most unless it ends in –y three-syllable (and plus) adjectives take more and most it wouldn’t be English without an exception so … words like unhappy (negative forms of two-syllable adjectives ending in –y) are an exception: it is possible to say unhappier and unhappiest instead of more unhappy and most unhappy in my unending quest for overall and simple patterns I would suggest that all this stuff is commanded by ease of spoken form (despite the fact that we’re writing this down) – so … in any intermediate length adjective which appears to have the option of either structure it basically depends upon ‘what rolls off the tongue easiest' (most easily …)


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Comparatives  –  José Roberto  23/OUT/2003, 12:07 PM
Re: Comparatives  –  Miguel Vieira  23/OUT/2003, 5:38 PM
Re: Comparatives  –  pat  23/OUT/2003, 7:02 PM
Re: Comparatives  –  Miguel Vieira  23/OUT/2003, 8:48 PM
 Re: Comparatives  –  mick r  23/OUT/2003, 7:07 PM

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