Is it when the comparative form of an adjective is not available?

For example;

•Conjuring 2 is more horrible than The Nun

•Conjuring 2 is creepier than The Nun

  • Horror is a noun. The adjective is horrible. Thus more horrible (or creepier/more creepy (Not sure that creepy has an established comparative form). – Ronald Sole Mar 9 '19 at 15:27
  • google lists creepier as being comparative form of creepy – user88834 Mar 9 '19 at 15:30
  • I see that creepier is widely approved but more creepy gets an occasional look in. learnersdictionary.com/definition/creepy – Ronald Sole Mar 9 '19 at 15:36

The comparative of a two-syllable adjective ending in -y is formed by adding -ier.

easy - easier

creepy - creepier

We can say

easy - more easy

creepy - more creepy

but it's less usual.

Source: Grammarway 4 by Jenny Dooley and Virginia Evans

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I remember reading somewhere that two-syllable adjectives that end in -y can have two forms for comparison, for example easy-easier/more easy; happy-happier/more happy. But I don't think it is a rule in English, the language where a most economical form is preferred. So, although it's not grammatically wrong to say "more easy/happy/ugly (etc.)", it is just not normal in English

Also, there's quite a lot of adjectives which cannot vary in intensity or grade and have a quality that can't be compared. They are called absolute adjectives, and horrible from your example is one of them (here's a list of some of those).

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