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Please be ---- with him, will you?

a) more lax b) laxer
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CalifJimGo easier on him, will you? (Impatient)
Don't be so hard on him! (Commanding)
Could you please be less strict with him? (Bargaining)

lax, more lax, laxer - None of these would have ever come to mind in this context!

CJ

Thank you, Jim.
Nona The Britlax is a negative word. You wouldn't ask someone to be more lax or laxer. It would be rather like asking someone 'please be lazier'.
Thank you, Nona.
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I am a USA native, and there are cases when you would definitely say "more lax." I have used it to compare people, for example:


"My English professor is more lax than my Biology professor." or "My dad is more lax than my mom."
...where "more lax" means "less strict"

Whether or not this is correct, I don't know...but this is certainly how Americans speak.

Funny - I found this page because I was searching for an answer...Microsoft Word was telling me that "more clear" was grammatically incorrect - but I know that this just sounds better than "clearer!"
AnonymousFunny - I found this page because I was searching for an answer...Microsoft Word was telling me that "more clear" was grammatically incorrect - but I know that this just sounds better than "clearer!"
Really? Interesting, I remember being corrected once, I wrote "more clear" and someone said "it's clearer." I think it was here in this forum, but I'm not sure. Emotion: smile

laxer

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anonymous

laxer

Both 'laxer' and 'more lax' are used. 'more lax' is used more often in published works.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=laxer%2C+more+lax&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Claxer%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cmore%20lax%3B%2Cc0


Maybe you don't realize it, but you are answering a question that was asked 13 years ago.

Why not answer questions that are more recent? That way there's a better chance that the person who asked the question is still participating on our forum and can benefit from your answer.

CJ