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I have some: wet, big, fat, thin, sad, red, hot, ........ Wold you help with some others?
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for your reply. What I see is that there are very few adjectives that are involved with that rule, I've found 11:
bad, big, fat, red, sad, tan, thin, wet, hot, flat, drab.
Thanks for your reply.
Pter:bad? badder, baddest?
tan? tanner, tannest? (tanner is not an adjective)
There are no such words.
fit, glad, mad, glib, smug, snug, dim, glum, grim, prim, rum, trim, wan, hip
cruel (may or may not double the "l")
Couldn't find any more.
http://www.answers.com/tan I found this:
adj., tanÂ·ner, tanÂ·nest.
Thanks for your examples!!
Pter:You may be able to find tanner/tannest in a few dictionaries, but most dictionaries I checked do not list them as acceptable words (including the Oxford English Dictionary). I would also object their status of being valid English words or even valid concepts in any language. We know that red, green and blue are the three basic colours of visible light. All other colours are combination of these three. You can only say redder/reddest, greener/greenest and bluer/bluest because you can define what is pure red, green and blue. On the other hand, you can't say oranger, browner, purpler, tanner etc. because such comparison is meaningless. How can you compare an orange colour that is closer to red with another one closer to yellow? Which one is oranger?
Longman defines tan as a light yellowish-brown colour. So, is tanner lighter, "yellower", or "browner"? You can have a deep tan or a light tan, but tanner is certainly an invalid concept.
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