By Patrick


2015-08-23 22:32:45 8 Comments

So I was talking to my fiancee and she said "more sharp" to which I said "you mean sharper?". This is in context of talking about her current earrings being "more sharp" then her usual ones. She then insisted that "more sharp" is a proper phrase. I disagree.

So we come to you, oh interwebs, to determine whom is correct.

Is "more sharp" a proper phrase, especially in this context, or is it an improper phrase?

3 comments

@Ajaypayne 2015-08-23 23:29:42

I think this is more about the different definitions of sharp. Informally sharp can be used in relation to someone's style, clothing, or general appearance and in that context, I would say either could be used acceptably.

In this sentence, I think more sharp actually aides the clarification of the adjective used because saying "these earrings are sharper" could be relating to the needle (I don't know if the sharp part of the earring has a specific name) whereas "these earrings are more sharp" makes me think of the style specifically.

I am sure there will be some disagreement to this, and would like to just mention, this is only my opinion.

@Patrick 2015-08-24 01:23:09

It was in reference to the needle portion. I should have been more clear on that note.

@curious-proofreader 2015-08-24 05:26:24

"more clear"? Not "clearer"?

@Patrick 2015-08-25 14:11:17

@curious-proofreader Lol

@PeterT 2015-08-25 00:25:13

In British English usage 'more clear' or 'clearer' strictly speaking mean the same. I agree with a previous answer - 'more clear' is used for emphasis, especially when negated. Often one form or the other seems more natural and also may help remove ambiguity ( see previous answers). For example, "the edge of that desk seems more curved than usual" versus "her figure is curvier than her sisters". It may seem more natural than "her figure is more curved than her sisters". To say "the edge of the desk is curvier" sounds strange. (although 'the edge of the desk seems more rounded than usual' might be more accurate and less ambiguous)

@C. Chase 2015-08-23 22:59:25

It's "sharper." If an adjective has one syllable, you make comparative by adding "-er". Using "more + [a one-syllable adjective] is not an accepted alternative.

@user124384 2015-08-24 00:36:06

Sure. Like "funner."

@IanS 2015-08-24 02:08:58

@ user124384 - touché.

@anongoodnurse 2015-08-24 05:37:32

Context matters. "Is the pain sharp or dull?" "I'd say it's more sharp than dull." That is a correct use I hear all the time.

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