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Yeh dil mangay more!

Yeh dil mangay more! Today, everybody wants more out of possibly everything and perhaps justifiably so. Finally, aren’t we living in the day and age of the consumer? But there are times when having more won’t always be possible until someone in some place really important doesn’t change the rules of the game (read grammar)

So, what are we exactly talking about here? Well, there seems to be some confusion in the use of ‘more’ in the comparative degree. We use the comparative degree to compare two persons or two things. E.g. ‘This garden is bigger than that one,’ or ‘Tom is taller than Tim.’

The comparative degree is usually formed by adding the suffix ‘er’ to an adjective (big, tall, etc.) However, there are certain adjectives that do not take the suffix ‘er.’ E.g. beautiful. One tends to use ‘more’ before such adjectives in the comparative degree. E.g. ‘This flower is more beautiful than that one.’

Then, there are some adjectives that change completely in the comparative and superlative degrees. E.g. good (positive), better (comparative) and best (superlative). And this is where the problem with the use of ‘more’ seems to occur the most.

It is not uncommon to find people who say ‘more pretty’ (when clearly, saying ‘prettier’ is an option) or even say ‘more better’ (when they should actually be using only ‘better’.) But now you know the rules, so I guess you will know what is ‘more better’ 🙂

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Sandeep Nulkar - Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar started his career as a translator way back in 1993 and heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies – BITS Private Limited. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to create an identity for the Indian translator within and outside India.