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"er" vs "est" form - Question on grammar - please help!

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"er" vs "est" form - Question on grammar - please help! [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 07:37
In the Verbal Forum thread "new to verbal forum, please read first..." 2nd post.

Gayathari's SC notes page 6 indicate the following:

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When in doubt pick the more/most form.
Incorrect: Could you drive slower?
Correct: Could you please drive more slowly?


I don't understand why example 1 is incorrect. Can someone explain please? I would really appreciate it.

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Re: "er" vs "est" form - Question on grammar - please help! [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 10:26
enkie wrote:
In the Verbal Forum thread "new to verbal forum, please read first..." 2nd post.

Gayathari's SC notes page 6 indicate the following:

Quote:
When in doubt pick the more/most form.
Incorrect: Could you drive slower?
Correct: Could you please drive more slowly?


I don't understand why example 1 is incorrect. Can someone explain please? I would really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance,
Enkie


Hi,

I'm not sure what the source of the general advice is, but it's not necessarily correct.

Both forms are grammatically correct, so it comes down to style - i.e. what sounds best. The style difference between the two is small, so it's unlikely that you'll be forced to choose between two answers solely on that basis. If the original advice giver has some OG questions to back up the rule, I'd love to see them.

In fact, in some cases the advice is clearly incorrect. When we normally speak/write, we're far more likely to say:

1) Out of all my friends, Bob is the smartest;

than

2) Out of all of my friends, Bob is the most smart,

although the advice tells us to go with door number (2).

Similarly, we would say:

1) Bob is smarter than Fred;

instead of

2) Bob is more smart than Fred.

So, it really comes down to a case-by-case analysis of which version sounds more natural.
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