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October 26, 2008

Teacher Development - the new comparative trend

Hello readers,

As you know, English is a living language, which means that it changes with time. One of the recent changes is that of the decline in the comparative 'er' marker. I only became aware of this trend a few months ago, but since then, I've heard examples of the new trend on a daily basis. Instead of 'it's easier', I've heard 'it's more easy'. Instead of 'she's prettier', it's 'she's more pretty'. I've also heard people combining 'more' with 'er', e.g., 'more hungrier'. While my stomach sinks every time I hear such examples, ...

... it's probably time that I come to terms with the fact that the good old comparative structures that I used to teach in my ESL classes may be disappearing from the English language.

For the next few weeks, I'd like you to pay attention to comparative adjective structures. When you hear an example, jot it down and post it here.

For example, from tonight's Dispatches: Jon Snow's Journey on Channel 4 (in the UK), an American man told Jon Snow that he was 'more angry'.

I look forward to reading some of the examples that you've found - whether it's from a television show, a film, a radio program, or just from a conversation with a friend or colleague.

Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
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"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at October 26, 2008 03:24 PM

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