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Bokeh wrote:


Correct is a boolean condition; something is either correct or it is not, it can't be more or most correct.

I've seen 'more correct' and 'most correct being used.

Could somebody please let me know whether Bokeh is correct?

Many thanks.
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Hi, Young.

To me it doesn't seem like grammar question. It is rather a matter of philisophy and one's weltanschauung. Some things, while not being completely incorrect, may be at same time not absolutely correct... The universe is not binary, it is continuous.

It is more correct to say "Bayes theorem" than "Bayes's theorem", which is in turn not incorrect.

"A more correct solution is to use this driver in an open enclosure, and thus profit by its high Q, rather than decrease it by means of the amplifier's negative output resistance, which would require unnecesary negative feedback loops."
Thanks, Ant.

I agree with you. I've seen many posters say 'more correct'.

I think 'more correct' should not be confused with 'unique'. We cannot say 'more/most unique'.
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Generally yes, but it is possible sometimes:

«Nonetheless, such forms often do make sense in a specific context. If one fossil is from the very beginning of the Cretaceous period — the transition into the Cretaceous period — while another is from the middle of that period, then the latter might be described as "more Cretaceous" than the former. If one solution to a problem leaves everyone happy, then it might be regarded as a perfect solution, even if another solution leaves everyone even happier; in this case, the latter might be characterized as "more perfect" than the former. Something might have a greater number of unique characteristics than something else, and so be considered "more unique". In general, terms like perfect and parallel cannot ever apply exactly to things in real life, so they are commonly used to mean nearly perfect, nearly parallel, and so on; and in this (inexact) use, more perfect (i.e., more nearly perfect, closer to perfect) and more parallel (i.e., more nearly parallel, closer to parallel) do seem to make sense.[original research?]»

(Wikipedia)
Ant_222Hi, Young. [...] It is rather a matter of philisophy. Really? The universe is not binary, it is continuous. We are not examining the universe.
In English adjectives can be placed in two groups: those that lend themselves to comparison and those that don't. Take for example the adjective "even". A number is either even or it is not; a number cannot be more even than another number. The same is true of the adjective correct.
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That article is pretty poor compared to others found on the Wikipedia website. It starts with a notice that says it needs improvement, provides no citations to support the text, and ends with a comment questioning where the information came from (original research?).
more Cretaceous
I can't imagine reading that in the catalogue of a muesem.
«That article is pretty poor compared to others found on the Wikipedia website...»

Yeah, I don't care! I just found there my opinion expressed and the explanations are the same as I'd give!

The language is affected by the way people think, so just try to understand them.

If in a game I was shown two excerpts of a book and asked to choose which one is written by Pushkin, I could say:

"Hmmmm. I choose this one because it looks more Pushkin-ous than the other".
Ant_222I don't care!
Was it a goal? Well... erm... it was nearly a goal. Well it wasn't a goal then was it.
Did you win? Well... erm... we nearly won. Well you didn't win then did you.

There are no varing degrees of absolute adjectives.
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