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03-23-2013, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ref9 View Post

Why can't we say "more better" when we can say "much better"?

Grammar's Response
We can't modify a comparative adjective with the comparative adverb "more" mostly because it doesn't tell us anything that the comparative adjective wouldn't tell us by itself. Let's say I heat a substance on the stove. The substance is now hotter than it was before. And then I heat it some more. I have made it hotter, not more hotter (i.e., the "more" doesn't add anything to the comparison). However, if I want to intensify the process somehow, I can say that I made the substance "much hotter." In the same manner, I can say either that "Joe is taller than his brother," and if Joe grows over the summer, I can say that "Joe is now much taller than his brother," but not that he is "more taller." Also, "Sarah was beautiful last year" and now "She is even more beautiful" (but there is no way to impose a second comparison upon the comparative "more beautiful").

Just had to do it to our resident Grammar Police Officer. I'm sure I'll now be closely scrutinized.
Obviously did that on purpose and didn't mean for it to be grammatical. Now that you bring it up, though, I would argue that it actually is. It's not a matter of grammatical "rules"; it's just a matter of conceptual, do the precise meanings of these words together represent what they're supposed to, does that conceptually make sense, and so on.

Anyway, I missed the game but the highlights were nice. They're technically 3 points out now so I'm expecting them to lose like three straight just to be ****s.

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