What Is a Double Comparative? (with Examples)
Double ComparativeA double comparative is a grammar mistake caused by applying two ways of forming a comparative instead of one. Double comparatives are most commonly committed when someone uses -er and more (e.g., more taller).
Easy Examples of Double Comparatives
- He is more wiser than the teachers. (should be wiser)
- Flossy is more quicker than Susan. (should be quickest)
Real-Life Examples of Double ComparativesThe rules for forming comparatives are quite complicated, but let's look at a few of the common ways to create a comparative so we can talk about the mistake known as a double comparative. The comparative form of lots of adjectives is created either by adding the suffix -er or by placing more or less before. You can't do both. That's a serious mistake called a double comparative.
- You're considerably more richer than George. (should be richer)
- I'm more affluenter than you. (should be more affluent)
- You're even more stupider than you look. (This should be more stupid or stupider (which is an acceptable alternative) but definitely not more stupider.) Many adjectives that end -y, change the y to an i before adding the suffix -er. You can't do this and use more as well.
- Ireland is more windier than England. (should be windier)
- Ice-cream is more tastier than sorbet. (should be tastier)
- I'm more better than you.
- I'm betterer than you. (should be better in both examples)
- I'm more worse than you.
- I'm worser than you. (should be worse in both examples)
- We have loads of chickens now because our rooster can run more faster than our hens. (should be faster)
Why Should I Care about Double Comparatives?Double comparatives are far more common in speech than in writing. In speech, they are often forgivable because they can usually be dismissed as a slip of the tongue. In writing, however, a double comparative is a serious mistake.
Forming comparatives correctly is covered in the comparatives lesson.