Double Comparative

What Is a Double Comparative? (with Examples)

A double comparative is a grammar mistake most commonly committed by using -er and more when forming a comparative (e.g., more prettier ).

The comparative form of an adjective or adverb is formed by adding the suffix -er or by placing more or less before.

Adding -er or more to a word that is already a comparative is called a double comparative. A double comparative is a serious grammar mistake. (Double comparatives are more common in speech than in writing. This mistake occurs far more commonly with the comparative form of adjectives than with the comparative form of adverbs.)

Examples of Double Comparatives

Here are some examples of double comparatives (shaded):

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What are comparatives? What are adjectives? What are adverbs? What is a suffix? What is a double negative? Glossary of grammatical terms