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Is it incorrect to use the word prouder?

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  • Is it incorrect to use the word prouder?


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Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 11:07
Well, if you mean "pizza" or "autarky," then yes, it's incorrect. If you mean "more proud," then no, it's not incorrect; it's fine.
Answer #2 | 08/02 2014 10:32
"More proud" or "most proud" would be more appropriate. - .--
Answer #3 | 08/02 2014 09:38
No, it's fine. The "-er" comparative is the default for one-syllable words ending with a consonant; and you can use Google Books to confirm that the word is used in published books: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22prouder%22&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1 Further, you can use Google Books Ngram Viewer to see stats for print use ... prouder of / more proud of https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=more+proud+of%2Cprouder+of&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cmore%20proud%20of%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cprouder%20of%3B%2Cc0 ... which show that both forms are used: "prouder" is the more common form, but not enough to make "more proud" wrong. A lot of people believe there are very clear-cut answers to which form of comparative and superlative applies to a particular adjective. In fact the choice is very 'fuzzy', and many adjectives take either form.

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