tidier or more tidy

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ciop, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. ciop Senior Member

    Native language:ITALIAN
    is it more correct to say "tidier" or "more tidy"?
    I've seen them both used by natives.
    If I had to go by the rule I'd say "tidier"
    thanks a lot
     
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    Almost everyone would use tidier. When the second syllable is the ending -y, we normally use the -er ending. (Previous thread: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=640110) Now I'll generalize beyond your example.

    People are more divided when the second syllable is something else, for example bitter, brittle, subtle, common. Both -er and most are quite common.

    For three-syllable words, the negatives of -y words take -er, as in unhappier. But I don't think many people would say uncommoner, unsubtler even if they usually said commoner, subtler.
     
  3. ciop Senior Member

    Native language:ITALIAN
    In other words natives who say "more tidy" are wrong as I suspected...
     
  4. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England

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