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He is cleverer than I.
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He is cleverer than I.

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Feb 26th 2013, 12:01
Why is this sentence tagged "unnatural" ?
Its author is a Native and it sounds perfect to me...
Feb 26th 2013, 12:23
"He is smarter than me."
is more natural.

and perhaps "He is cleverer than I am."
sound more natural.

Feb 26th 2013, 15:33
but this variant is perfectly acceptable as well. You can find many examples in literature and grammar books.
Feb 27th 2013, 05:10
sacredceltic, you are not a native speaker, so you can't really judge how natural this sounds. Also, the author is unknown, so how do we know it is a native?

This sounds unnatural to me mainly due to the use of "cleverer" rather than "more clever". "than I" is just pompous not unnatural.
Feb 27th 2013, 05:28
Yeah I think I adopted this simply so someone would be responsible for it, before I really understood that adopting a sentence should be a sort of stamp of approval. I'll unadopt it now.
Feb 27th 2013, 06:16

"Cleverer" only sourds unnatural to you because you're from the USA. But English is initially from England and here is what English people are taught :
The inflection with disyllabic adjectives is used when the last syllable is unstressed (therefore: happy - happier, easy - easier), when they end with a syllabic "l" (simple - simpler) or with an "r" (clever-cleverer).
Feb 27th 2013, 06:18
Well if British people actually say this then it should have a "British English" tag.
Feb 27th 2013, 06:22
All that is not Usian is not "British". What do you know of what they say in India or elsewhere ?
Feb 27th 2013, 08:46
besides, "British English" doesn't exist but for people who don't know about how English is spoken and taught in Britain. In Scotland, which also lies in Britain, schools teach "Standard Scot", which is even more apart from England's English than US English is...
Feb 27th 2013, 08:51
here is a very recent example of use of "cleverer" in The Economist, which is one of the most renowned magazine in the UK and the world http://www.economist.com/news/s...ls-are-not-far

@remove tag
Jul 8th 2013, 19:05
@remove unjustified tag

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