There's a rule about one-syllable adjectives that end in a single vowel and a consonant, that duplicates the consonant in the comparative form:

big --> bigger

hot --> hotter

I've been asking around to native english speakers and nobody seems to recall this specific rule, and the odd thing is it doesn't apply in the adjective "new":

new --> newer, not newwer

So, some students were wondering why "new" isn't considered an irregular adjective like bad (worse instead of "badder"), good (better instead of goodder), etc..

Usually I look up in a "A practical English Grammar" by Audrey Jean Thomson, A.V. Martinet, Oxford University Press - Fourth Edition to answer all my doubts, but this one keeps on puzzling me.


Your rule is too simple to be correct

  1. Very few words in English have "ww" in them. In fact 99% of the words that do, are compound nouns that could be written as separate words or hyphenated. I think the only verbs with ""ww" are "bowwow" and "powwow" https://www.thefreedictionary.com/words-containing-ww

  2. The letter "w" is a semi-vowel. Here's an article that explains further When Is "W" a Vowel?

  3. I surmise also that there are few to zero doublings when it comes to adjectives ending in h, y and x

Maybe you could come up with your own rule?

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