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Can we consider comparative form of adjectives as adjectives, grammatically? I mean, in the following sentence, is "thinner" an adjective?

"You look thinner."

  • There is an implied comparison: "You look thinner (compared to last time)". "He is grumpier (from when you/I last saw him)" – desacsndioa Apr 17 at 13:35
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    A word's function is different from its lexical category. Nothing can ever function as an adjective (although something could function in the same way an adjective does; e.g. a noun could function in the same way an adjective does in certain constructions, but there's just no reason to put it that way because that confuses function and category; it's better to simply name the function it performs). The function of the thinner in your sentence is different from its function in Call the thinner man in first, which says nothing about the word's lexical category. – user3395 Apr 17 at 14:45
  • I agree with @userr2684291 "Thinner" belongs to the category adjective, and to the function complement – BillJ Apr 17 at 17:22
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Yes, it's a comparative adjective. You can use it before a noun too, as in
"Call the thinner man in first."
The same applies to superlative adjectives.

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