1 2
I'm a bit confused on the rules for when you would "more" before an adjective vs appending -ier to the word. For example you'll often hear:

John is smarter than Joe. (not sure if this is proper now?)
John is more funny than Joe.

But you usually don't hear:

John is stupider than Joe. (correct: John is more stupid than Joe?)
John is funnier than Joe. (correct: more funny?)

To me "John is uglier than Joe" seems to sound better than
"John is more ugly than Joe," but now I'm not sure of the rules on when to use "more" vs adding ier/er?

Are there some rules to this grammar?
New Member02
The general rule I've always heard is that you use "ier" or "er" if the adjective is a one-syllable word, and you use "more" if it's a two-syllable word....and it wouldn't be English if there weren't exceptions, even if they're imposed by people who think the "correct" way sounds weird....I'm sure they exist.

Hope that helps, but if anybody else knows, I'd like to know for sure.
Full Member307
One syllable adjectives take -er
Over two syllable adjectives take the more construction,
Two syllable adjectives can take either, but I'm afraid there are some rules, f.i. those ending in -y take -ier, but that's all I can think of at the moment...
Veteran Member7,461
Proficient Speaker: Users in this role are known to maintain an excellent grasp of the English language. You can only be promoted to this role by the Englishforums team.Retired Moderator: A moderator who has retired.Trusted Users: Trusted users are allowed to use additional capabilities of the site such as private messaging to all users and various other advanced features. You cannot join this role unless you are promoted by an administrator.
Thanks! very helpful. Glad I found this forum.
Oh, Rickcr, WELCOME to the English Forums!!!
Proficient Speaker: Users in this role are known to maintain an excellent grasp of the English language. You can only be promoted to this role by the Englishforums team.Retired Moderator: A moderator who has retired.Trusted Users: Trusted users are allowed to use additional capabilities of the site such as private messaging to all users and various other advanced features. You cannot join this role unless you are promoted by an administrator.
Anonymous:
we want like a a er list of words! like a A - Z words of er. like play + er = player. that all i want. please show me list of with er thank!
Anonymouswe want like a a er list of words!
Sorry. This is not a dictionary site. Check the internet for rhyming dictionaries, and look under -er endings. That might get you closer to what you want.

Be careful of words like archer, which is not "one who arches".

And please don't append unrelated material like this at the end of a thread about something else. Start a new thread.

Thanks.
Emotion: smile
CJ
Veteran Member51,960
Moderator: A super-user who takes care of the forums. You have the ability to message a moderator privately should you wish. These users have a range of elevated privileges including the deletion, editing and movement of posts when needed.Proficient Speaker: Users in this role are known to maintain an excellent grasp of the English language. You can only be promoted to this role by the Englishforums team.
Anonymous:
as with other exceptions, I'm sure; Stupid is also one that people commonly get wrong. She is stupider than her mother.
Anonymous:
The rule is that a one syllable word takes -ER
Over two syllables, use "more ..."

BUT, a two syllables word which ends with -Y takes -IER. And when it ends with a consonant (I'm french, I'm not sure of the word) it responds to the first rule....

Examples ? Shier (or shyer), Higher, Bigger, Happier, more expensive...

A schema would be more simple :

-Y -Consonant -Vowel

1 syllable -IER -ER (consonant -ER
sometimes doubled)

2 syllables -IER -ER (consonant more
sometimes doubled)

Over 3 syllables more more more

But there are exceptions.... Lost : more lost ? I don't know about this.... Better and worse are exceptions too....
Show more
Live chat
Registered users can join here