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COMPARATIVE OF "FRIENDLY"



ascincoquinas
Portugal

COMPARATIVE OF "FRIENDLY"
 
Hello everybody!
 
I have been correcting some compositions... and came across with the following comparative: " more friendly...".
 
One of my pupils say it ´s absolutely correct but I have been taught differently: Friendlier. Am I wrong? Or can I accept my student ´s answer.
Thans so much for your help.
 
Ascincoquinas. 

15 Oct 2015      



Tapioca
United Kingdom

I ´d definitely accept ´more friendly ´. I use that myself, much more often than ´friendlier ´ which feels a bit awkward to me.

15 Oct 2015     



gaddeh
Tunisia

Hi colleague. friendlier is the correct com form and check the Oxford dictionary. Moreover, we know the rule of a 2- syllable adj and ends in y ,the y chnages into i and add er (example: easy - easier  we don ´t say more easy) thank u in advance.

16 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

@gaddeh Unfortunately, that is not a hard and fast rule, and in fact "more friendly ´ is completely acceptable.
 
Cambridge English Prepare! Level 4 Student ´s Book
 By James Styring, Nicholas Tims
 
 
Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
 By Roshan McArthur
 
 
Paperback Oxford English Dictionary
 By Oxford Dictionaries,, Maurice Waite
(entry for ´familiar ´)
 
 

16 Oct 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Both are fine. The usual convention is 2 syllable words take ´er ´ and ´est ´. Sometimes this is not observed. 

16 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

 Just in case my previous answer wasn ´t clear Ascincoquinas, both forms are acceptable. Most often we add ´er ´ and ´est ´ to words of more than one syllable, but ´friendly is an exception.

16 Oct 2015     



petite-maman
Belgium

1 syllable + ER
2 syllables ending is -y, -ow, -y + ER
other words in 2 syllables MORE + adj
3 syllables or more MORE + adj 

16 Oct 2015     



ascincoquinas
Portugal

Thanks a lot for the help.
 
 
Ascincoquinas.  
 

16 Oct 2015     



lago
Portugal

Hello.

Both are correct.

Have a nice weekend! 

16 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

So how does this work exactly...I am trying to figure it out. We reply to the original poster without reading or making any reference to the previous answers? And you don ´t back up your opinion with any evidence?  Well, hmmmm...that doesn ´t seem very efficient but here goes...
 
´More friendly ´ and ´friendlier ´ are both correct.
 
Okay, who ´s next?

16 Oct 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Tap, go and have a lie down;-) We all like to chip in; there´s no harm in it. 

16 Oct 2015     

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