Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More Fuller, Less Grammatical

Nicole Kidman loves her new husband, apparently:
“I didn’t foresee it, that you can meet somebody who you have a deep and more profound love with... I don’t mean to take away anything with Tom, but I would hope that he has the same thing — I know he has the same thing with Katie. You move into a stage where you’re able to be a more fuller person in your relationship.”

It's either "more full" or "fuller," but not both.

Note: There are some people who think a construction like "more full" is incorrect. It's not. "Full" is an adjective. "More" is an adverb. Adjectives modify nouns; adverbs modify adjectives. Certainly "fuller" is the more idiomatic construction, but it's not a problem at all to use "more full" as a comparative with many, many adjectives. It would sound weird to say "more big," for example, but that doesn't mean all more+adjective constructions are out. Could we make that more clear? We don't think so.

Thanks to Ashleigh for the find.

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