We can't we say/use "realest" instead of "most real"?

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I wish I could give you a definite rule to help you with this problem, but I can't. I understand how deciding when to use "-er" and "est" or "more + (word)" and "most + (word)" gives you problems. I suppose you know the general rule> "-er" and "-est" for one syllable words, "more+ " and "most+ " for two or more syllable words. "Real" is an exception to this rule. "Fishy" is also an exception; "fishier" and "fishiest" are the respective comparative and superlative. In general, you have to base your decision on the sound of the phrase, and it's hard to know what sounds right until you've mastered speaking the language.

I'm sorry I can't give you any more help than that.
You shouldn't use 'realest'. It's not a word.

A good dictionary will list the inflected forms (-er, -ing, etc.) of a word. If none are listed, then use 'most', 'least', etc.


Meriam Webster, which is free at www.m-w.com, lists 'uglier' and 'ugliest' under 'ugly'. It lists nothing like that under real. So, according to m-w at least, 'realest' is not a word.

Besides, how can something be more real that something else? Things are either real or they're not, right? Are there stages to reality?
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interesting point re. can something be more real than another?

The same applies to perfect, it either is or isn't perfect.

btw I: is this an example of tautolgy if you say most perfect?

Cross referencing to another thread where we are dicussing the written grammar rules: "most perfect" is a phrase that Shakespeare used.

btw II : you can seach the whole works of Shakespeare to check out things he said by using this site - it is a real gem

http://www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare /
your answer is here:


real, like just, right, and wrong, must be preceded by more/most.

cheers, chris
The same applies to perfect, it either is or isn't perfect.

[url="http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Constitution.html"]The United States Constitution[/url]
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Please see the underlined portion.

An example of where something can be more real.

Video games have become a bit more real. The animation continues to improve to the point where people almost believe that they are in a different dimension fighting dragons and other nefarious demons.

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To describe video games, I believe the correct phrasing would be "more realistic".
I stumble upon this tread while looking for an answer to this very same question on google. The reason I am using the term "more real" is because I am writing about Plato, and Plato actually believed there was another reality that was "more real" than the one we perceive.
Good point about something being real or not, but can one thing be Genuine than the other?
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