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

a) more lax b) laxer
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Please be more lenient/tolerant with him.

but: laxer

Hi,
I don't think the comparative of lax is laxer. I think it's "more lax".It's probably an exception, I don't know. Emotion: smile
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KooyeenHi,
I don't think the comparative of lax is laxer. I think it's "more lax".It's probably an exception, I don't know. Emotion: smile

According to Collins Cobuild Dictionary it is "laxer". I also wonder whether there is more to it than meets the eye.

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I don't know...
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary doesn't mention "laxer", and when it doesn't mention anything about an adjective it means that they consider the comparative and superlative form to take "more" and "most".
Merriam-Webster do the same, and doesn't mention "laxer" or "laxest".
Plus, if you search on the net, it seems "more lax" is much more used than "laxer".

Just why I thought it was "more lax". I might be wrong, of course. Emotion: smile
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lax


Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): -er/-est


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Uh! So there's a mistake in the online version of Merriam-Webster... How strange.

Maybe this is part of a bigger problem, that is, when to choose "more" or "-er". The adjective "sad" should become "sadder", but who knows how much "more sad" is common? It's often difficult to say... Emotion: smile
KooyeenUh! So there's a mistake in the online version of Merriam-Webster... How strange.
There isn't any mistake. The version you're accessing is the free one, thus less complete.

You may want to pay $30/year to see what I see (the Unabridged M-W, which is also online), which is a much better dictionaryEmotion: smile
Marius Hancu There isn't any mistake. The version you're accessing is the free one, thus less complete.
Well, that doesn't make sense... If you look up "sad" in the free version, they list "sadder". The same is true of other adjectives. Why do they have to leave out some important information only for "lax"? It's not fair Emotion: cryingIt's really strange...

Anyway, I feel the problem different. Even though they list "sadder", for example, "more sad" is actually in use too (or at least I think so). Emotion: smile
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