tidier or more tidy

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

  1. ciop Senior Member

    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

    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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