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If there are more people, the occasion will be merrier.

1. The more people there are, the merrier the occasion will be.

2. The more, the merrier.

If the given sentence is changed into 'the more/less/-er...' pattern, which is correct and natural? Thanks in advance.

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anonymousIf the given sentence is changed into 'the more/less/-er...' pattern, which is correct and natural?

They are both grammatical, but it should be said that "merrier", at least in casual US English, is pretty rare and is generally confined to contexts such as this one where it refers to some fixed expression or some cultural icon (like Santa or Robin Hood) or something like that. The first sentence is an obvious expansion of the second one, which is a fixed expression, and thus amounts to wordplay.