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Starting from a locution similar to "far more dangerous than...", I wonder if the "more" can be omitted, as in "far dangerous than".

I suspect that's not standard English, but it seems to be quite common on the Internet.

What do the native speakers here think?

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    no, you can't omit it there.
    – Esther
    Aug 31, 2022 at 19:15
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    No: the 'far' qualifies 'more'. You can say "It is more dangerous". Aug 31, 2022 at 19:16
  • "it seems to be quite common on the Net" - don't forget that English is not the first language of many people on the Internet!
    – stangdon
    Aug 31, 2022 at 19:58
  • That's the problem with Google. It makes many things seem ok when they are not. And not just grammar.
    – Lambie
    Aug 31, 2022 at 20:22

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You can use “far” as an adverb to intensify an adjective in comparative form

A horse is far swifter than a slug.

But this adverbial use of “far” is not itself a way to form comparatives.

A horse is far swift than a slug

is simply ungrammatical.

Adjectives longer than three syllables (and some shorter) do not generally have a comparative form. We say “more beautiful” rather than “beautifuler.” We say “more skillful” rather than “skillfuller.” We can and do use “far” with the correct comparative form to intensify a comparative

Greta Garbo was a far more beautiful woman than Bette Davis, but a far less skillful actress

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The basic comparison is "more dangerous than..." "Far" simply amplifies "more."

You can do this in other situations where you have "More + adjective + than etc"

Ex. Your new job is far more interesting than what you were doing before.

However, with the construction "adjective -er than..." it seems a bit awkward to amplify the comparative adjective with "far":

It is far hotter today than yesterday. That country is far bigger than the other country.

These two sentences seem a bit odd, although native speakers would understand them. They would be better written with "much" in place of "far":

It is much hotter today than yesterday. That country is much bigger than the other country.

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    I find far hotter and far bigger quite natural. (British English).
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 31, 2022 at 20:16
  • Agreed, "far hotter" and "far bigger" are fine. But "far dangerous than" is simply incorrect. Aug 31, 2022 at 23:40
  • @SteveBennett - Yes, because dangerouser isn't a word. Sep 1, 2022 at 8:05
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"far more dangerous" is exactly the same as "much more dangerous".

It is an adverb that modifies the adjective more.

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