This post talks about the difference between easier and more easily, which inspired me another expression

Your job is more easy than mine

is this a proper expression? I guess it is grammatical but not a normal expression. so I need a double confirmation.


You're correct-- it is grammatical but not idiomatic in this context. You would more likely say "your job is easier than mine". Although maybe don't actually say that to someone unless you want to get punched. ;)

  • More easy is not grammatically correct. – user30379 Jun 6 '19 at 4:00
  • @Charles I'm not a grammarian so I'm willing to be wrong about this, but I think "more easy" is grammatical. It's an awkward construction in writing without any modifier (because "easier" is more appropriate) but certainly in speech with the right inflection "more easy" would pass absolutely unnoticed, which suggests to me that it's grammatical. (Imagine saying: "Is your job less easy than mine? Absolutely not! Your job is MORE easy!") – Ben Zotto Jun 6 '19 at 19:43
  • "Is your job easier than mine?" ... "Absolutely not! Your job is easier." In both cases, easier is the proper adjective to use. – user30379 Jun 6 '19 at 19:49
  • In neither case should more easy be used. However, if you were to say, "your job is more/less difficult than mine", then that would be correct. – user30379 Jun 6 '19 at 19:51
  • I really don’t believe it’s incorrect or ungrammatic to say more easy, more fast, more happy, more red, even though we have established comparative forms for those adjectives. I’m willing to bet a great many English speakers would find “more fast” particularly unidiomatic; it strikes me as even clumsier than “more easy”. As for the colour adjectives I think you’ll hear both forms widely. There are adjectives classed as absolutes which we’re told mustn’t be compared (“unique” the common example) but for a comparable one, I think it’s technically legal to use “more” if you want. – CCTO Jun 7 '19 at 4:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy