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more friendly vs friendlier #1 (permalink) Sat Sep 29, 2007 18:42 pm   more friendly vs friendlier
 

Hello,

Please, which one is correct: more friendly or friendlier
Are both correct?

Thanks in advance
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more friendly vs friendlier #2 (permalink) Sat Sep 29, 2007 22:35 pm   more friendly vs friendlier
 

Hi Jon

The word friendly is a two-syllable adjective, and saying 'friendlier' would be correct and quite natural. However, I'm sure that people sometimes also say 'more friendly'.

Adverbs such as quickly and slowly, for example, can only be used with 'more' to make the comparative form:

- more quickly
- more slowly
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more friendly vs friendlier #3 (permalink) Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:26 am   more friendly vs friendlier
 

Yankee wrote:
more slowly


Just to add to this -- 'slower' can also be used (but then it is the comparative of the adverb 'slow').

Sometimes 'quick/quicker' are also used as adverbs, but this is informal English.
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more friendly vs friendlier #4 (permalink) Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:37 pm   more friendly vs friendlier
 

Hi Conchita

Yes, that's right. People often use one-syllable adjectives (slow and quick, for example) as adverbs in informal English.

However, I mentioned two syllable adverbs ending with -ly as a result of Jon's specific question about the adjective 'friendly'. Though saying 'friendlier' is correct and natural, you cannot change the ending of a two-syllable -ly adverb to -lier -- not even in more informal English.
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