I'm not sure if it's correct to say "more and more higher" because "more and more expensive" is possible. But as you can see, in the second example the comparative form of the adjective expensive is "more expensive", so this expression indicates that something is more expensive each time. Can I use "more and more" with the same usage with short adjectives such as "high"?


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Where the adjective is short enough to take the comparative in -er, as with high, the usual form of the expression is “higher and higher.”

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    And for a building it is preferable to say taller and taller (IMHO).
    – Drew
    Jul 20, 2014 at 20:23
  • Um. I would use higher rather than taller for a building 90% of the time.
    – user6951
    Jul 20, 2014 at 23:20

I would say:

That building is getting higher and higher.

I think higher is better, because the building elevation (as in skyscrapers) is probably in such a context. But in the end it is context dependent.

Having said that, the distinction between high and tall is better discussed in other ELL posts, such as What is the difference between “tall and high?” and “high” vs. “tall”.

In the context of the question as I understand it, I would rather say:

That building keeps getting higher. (or taller if you prefer)

  • I agree with higher rather than taller for a buidling. Taller seems to me to apply to people. I don't recall saying that building is really really tall.
    – user6951
    Jul 20, 2014 at 23:20

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