I rarely come upon adjectives being used strangely in comparative constructions.
Take the adjective "silent", sometimes I hear "more silent" and "most silent" although it isn't logical in any sense. Silent means without any sound. Furthermore, this Wikipedia page says that there exist "silenter" and "silentest" which I've never met or heard.
Now, if we take the adjective "impossible" that means not able to occur, exist, or be done. The comparative forms are "more impossible" and "most impossible" which again doesn't make any sense.
Now, my question is, how are these forms used in modern English and why is it sometimes preferred to use the comparative form instead of a comparative form of an antonym?
- It is less noisy in here instead of It is more silent in here.
- It is less possible to get in through the backdoor instead of It is more impossible to get in through the backdoor.
Then again for some adjectives there are synonyms:
- Less expensive = cheaper.
- More educated = smarter.