unhappier or more unhappy

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aldana_mara

Senior Member
argentina spanish
Hi!!! foreros!

How can I use the comparative form of unhappy???

I know that the comparative form of happy is happier but what about unhappier?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Cecilia Docon

    Member
    Spanish (argentina)
    More unhappy (si googleás las opciones, aparecen las dos; sin embargo, esta aparece muchas más veces). Si nos guiamos por la regla, un comparativo de más de cinco letras se lo considera largo; y, por ende, se debe anteponer "more" .
    Saludos,
    Ceci
     

    aldana_mara

    Senior Member
    argentina spanish
    But my question is : If the adjective is considered to be long why do we have to say unhappier?? or unhappiest!???
     

    Cecilia Docon

    Member
    Spanish (argentina)
    me retracto! acabo de consultar mi guía gurú "Practical English Usage" by Swan y dice lo siguiente:

    Long Adjectives: adj. of 3 or more syllables have more or most. However, words like unhappy (the opposites of two-syllable adj. ending in -y) are an exception:
    unhappy unhappier unhappiest
    untidy untidier untidiest


    Hope it helps!
    Ceci
     
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