Math Is More Complicated than English

March 27, 2011

What part of speech is more?

You know as in “I love you more.” “No, honey, I love you more.”

This was a conversation at my house this week. No, we don’t participate in such nonsense as the example conversation above, but we did discuss “more” as a part of speech. So what is it?

It is a comparative adjective.

Think back to grade school when you learned words, such as:

  • Strong, Stronger, Strongest
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest
  • Pretty, Prettier, Prettiest

Do you remember this lesson? Vaguely, maybe? Well, another part of that lesson probably included those words that aren’t quite as easy to change. So instead of adding an -er or an -est, you had to add the words more or most. Think “more talkative.”

Ok, so hopefully, you have conjured up some semblance of a memory of this lesson. More is a comparative adjective because it is used, much like -er, to compare two things.

Let’s put it into context.

  • Karl is more patient than Ethan.
  • The red store is more convenient than the blue store.
  • Math is more complicated than English.  🙂

So there you have it. Next time you are asked, you will know what part of speech more is…because surely these things come up in conversation every day.

Word of the Week:  More

Word to the Wise:  “They [ordinances of the Lord] are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”  Psalm 19:10

Disclaimer: If you still cannot remember learning about comparative adjectives in school, I can forgive you…only because I have no idea what an integer is. However,in the name of full disclosure, I am slightly disappointed that you cannot recall such a riveting subject as comparative adjectives.


One Response to “Math Is More Complicated than English”

  1. Sherry Says:

    I don’t know about math being more complicated than English. Math rules don’t change over time or based on a style guide. LOL! …but I LOVE the word of the day. More, please. 🙂

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