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I am in a debate over the following sentence...

" I wouldn't call it a "problem", but it would be nice to be around more smarter people."

I feel that the usage of 'more smarter people' is worded incorrectly. Is there a rule for this, or a usage term of sorts, such as double adjective agreement ....
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Hi,

I am in a debate over the following sentence...

" I wouldn't call it a "problem", but it would be nice to be around more smarter people."

I feel that the usage of 'more smarter people' is worded incorrectly. Is there a rule for this, or a usage term of sorts, such as double adjective agreement ....

Yes, it's wrong. I'd just call it 'an error in forming the comparative'.

Some adjectives form the comparison by adding -er at the end, eg smarter.

Others form the comparative by using 'more', eg more intelligent.

But never both together.

Best wishes, Clive
Are you after: "more people who are smarter" ?
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Hi Philip,

Good thought.Emotion: smile

Clive
Are you suggesting Philip's answer was more betterer? Emotion: stick out tongue
Emotion: stick out tongue You guys are too sharp for me tonight.

Clive
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I want to thank all of you: Phillip, Clive and Grammer Geek. [A] (And GG, you have a very cute sense of humor.) This is the first time I have visited this site. I appreciate all your help and I will check back. I have saved it to my favorites, so that when I have more time, I can return. I am up against a hard-nosed character, and I was sure that there was some kind of rule for this. I will try to pull off Clive's,

"error in forming the comparative". Thanks again! (esp. C [L] )
hi..i need some clarification on the use of double adjectives in a sentence...e.g. The big brown bear was shot by a hunter....
My questions are, how do we know which adjective to be put in first?
Why can't it be The brown big bear...(or can it be?)

Thanks a lot!