The common use of double comparatives & double superlatives
The use of double comparatives, eg 'more stronger' & double superlatives , eg 'most strongest' ( sic!) is increasingly finding accepatbility, particularly so in US-English & to an extent in UK-English too. Surely, it's ungrammatical but to what extent does 'common parlance usage' impart it acceptance ?
I'd be interested to know your sources for the acceptability of these. As a UK English speaker, I have only come across phrases like, "most beautifulist" when the speaker is intentionally corrupting the language for comedic effect. Part of the joke is that it is understood to be incorrect use of the language.
What do others think?
|link||answered Jan 24 '12 at 19:18 Siân Harris Expert|
I think it's fine for some dialects, but not mine. It's awful for mine, but I'm sure someone says it somewhere. I read something about "more" coming from Latinate languages, where there isn't necessarily a concatenative morpheme like in Germanic languages. What I find interesting is the fact that there are two different morphemes for "-er"; one for verbs, and one for adjectives. One is used comparatively, like in "stronger", and doesn't change the class of the word, but the other only attaches to verbs, to turn them into "one who does X", like in "driver".
|link comment||answered Feb 02 '12 at 23:06 Anna New member|
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