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Which one is more correct:

“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people”

or

“Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”

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    Aging... Also, aging is the easiest thing in the world for every single person out there. It happens without them even having to think about it.
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 0:36
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    Don't use the with the comparative (more, less, X-er than). The is only used with the superlative (the most, the least, the X-est of). Also, do you really mean to say that humans have more difficulty growing old than they used to? Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 2:49
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    @JohnLawler "The more the merrier."
    – Katy
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 4:32
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    @Katy: "The (comparative), the (comparative)" is a special construct, which is not used in this context.
    – virolino
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 6:35
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    @virolino, Yes, but my comment was to indicate that the is not "only" used with superlatives. The more accurate we can be, the better.
    – Katy
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 7:15

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The answer is simple. Once you notice that "more and more" is just a "form" of "more", and "more" is the comparative of "much / many", then it becomes obvious that "the" is totally misplaced.

Therefore the following is correct:

“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people”

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