Stupider or More Stupid?


He is more stupid than her.


He is stupider than her.


The first sentence sound smoother, but are they both correct?

If the second sentence is WRONG, when could we use the word "stupider" ?



asked Aug 02 '12 at 06:34 Elijah New member

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He is more stupid than she. 

link answered Oct 10 '14 at 02:02 Thomas New member

No. "She" is NEVER a direct object.

RobertOct 27 '14 at 01:39

You're wrong. Poster is correct in saying "He is more stupid than she." When using "than" as a conjunction Poster is correct, when using it as a preposition you are correct. It is one of those "either one is accepted" situations. You should know, however, that the more formally and grammatically accepted form is "He is more stupid than she." If you want a quick and simple test for this, add another pronoun to the sentence and see if it still makes any sense (note: this works if the pronoun is being used as either a direct or indirect object).

He is more stupid than Thomas and she.
He is more stupid than she.

He is more stupid than Thomas and her.
He is more stupid than her.

If that is too complicated, you can also append an invisible "is" to the end of the sentence to test.

"He is more stupid than she (is)."
"He is more stupid than her (is)."

The more you know~

ASwartzJan 27 '15 at 23:57

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  Both are correct. But  'More stupid" is often preferred. 

" He is more stupid than her."

link answered Aug 02 '12 at 17:50 sanjay Expert

"A: I don’t see any problem with “stupidest.” The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.), for example, gives the forms as “stupid” … “stupider” … “stupidest.”

And this isn’t a peculiar Americanism. H. W. Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage also gives the correct forms as “stupid” … “stupider” … “stupidest.”

sanjayAug 02 '12 at 17:53

Both are wrong: "He is stupider than SHE."

Mark CaplanAug 22 '14 at 15:24

Actually, Mark...YOU are wrong. The word "she" is NEVER to be used as a direct object. For the sentence to be completely correct, it would read "He is stupider than her." Or, if you want to take a dig at the other sex, one would correctly say "She is stupider than him."In order for your sentence to be grammatically correct, you need to add one more word: "He is stupider than she is."

RobertOct 27 '14 at 01:35

You can't end a sentence with a linking verb!!!

Grammer NaziOct 28 '14 at 03:52

In this case "is" is not a linking verb. It is one of those pain in the ass "to be" verbs. There are several instances where it is okay to end the sentence with "is". Usually in response to a question, for example: Q.) Is it 4:20 yet? A.) Yes, it is.

There are rules for the English language, but they can be bent, or outright broken. It depends on the context of the sentence, or a writer bends/breaks rules to fit his particular writing style. In those cases, as long as it makes sense it is correct.

Null ShockDec 30 '14 at 17:51

"He is stupider than she" is a grammatical sentence. Adding "is" to the end of a sentence would not be in error, grammatically speaking, but it would be redundant (a stylistic transgression). Less is more. There is no need to add a verb. The sentence compares a quality between two people. "She" is not a direct object because there is no active verb in the sentence. It's perfectly balanced, and I have no idea why some of you think it needs "is" at the end. (Well, that's not true. I have an idea why, but I'm trying to be nice.)

Master'sObtained:Don'tArgueWithMeJun 13 '15 at 18:59


DoucheAlertJun 16 at 15:13

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It really depends on the kind of English you use. To me, 'He is stupider than she" sounds correct. But it feels a bit archaic, something that doesn't easily roll off the tongue for me. And that's only in my case. Probably both the uses are correct. Who knows, maybe in the future both might be wrong too. What we CAN say for sure is, we can't really maintain a standard style of sentence formation across different segments of the English speaking peoples of the world. So, depending on the context, you can decide if you'd like to use one option or the other. 

link comment answered Apr 15 at 06:35 Borlen New member

If a word does NOT end in Y and has two or more syllables, it is recommended to use "more" "most" before the word instead of -er, -est, etc. Like interesting, stunning, beautiful. We wouldnt say interestinger, beautifulest. Just as stupider and stupidest doesnt sound quite right. 

link answered Jul 23 '14 at 11:55 Joe Nads New member

There are always exceptions. For example, "ordinary" is a multiple syllable word which ends in Y. But you would not say "ordinarier."

Another 2-syllable word which does NOT end with Y, but you may add -er and -est to is the word "narrow."

Isn't English fun?

RobertOct 27 '14 at 01:39

You can't be more ordinary.

Dr. GJun 21 at 21:17

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  I believe, in our effort to display intelligence we sound stupid!  Investigate the number of so-called "highly intelligent" people in high profile jobs who have used stupider, more stupid, stupidest, most stupid, etc., without any effect to their success!  The bottom line is this:  there are various forms of English in the world; some of which I have actually had trouble trying to understand, e.g., Northern Ireland English!  

  So, unless we are writing a document for publication, "who cares"!   : )

link answered Jan 03 '15 at 06:20 JOSEPH E. SIMMONS JR. New member

The person who weighs in on the subject, I guess.

Master'sObtained:Don'tArgueWithMeJun 13 '15 at 19:04

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My opinion is that we cannot form the compertative degree for the word stupid by adding er.

link comment answered Aug 02 '12 at 14:29 Z. A. Jazley Expert

Both are incorrect.  People may be stupid, period. 

link answered Nov 09 '14 at 23:34 Deb Nix New member

And I suppose weight cannot be measured, either, nor temperature. It is simply heat, right? (I don't think so.)

"That is the stupid____ thing I've ever heard!" How do you negotiate that one, Deb?

Master'sObtained:Don'tArgueWithMeJun 13 '15 at 19:03

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