most popular of the two

Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 09:41 am
There is no fundamental difference between humbleness and humility. They mean the same thing, and they both have been around for a long time. Even so, humility is the most popular of the two

Shouldn't it be "more" instead

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Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 09:55 am

Shouldn't it be "more" instead

Correct. Since there are only two options more is the correct word in this case. In comparing three or more items, most would be the correct modifier to use.

As a useless aside:
tanguatlay wrote:

There is no fundamental difference between humbleness and humility.

But is it really? Doesn't sound right to me.
Humbleness vs. Humility - What's the difference?
Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 10:01 am
Oh Lord it's hard to be humble
When you're perfect in every way
I can't wait to look in the mirror
Cause I get better looking each day
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
Oh Lord It's hard to be humble,
But I'm doing the best that I can

I used to have a girlfriend,
But I guess she just couldn't compete,
With all of these love-starved women,
Who keep cowering at my feet
Oh I probably could find me another,
But I guess they're all in awe of me
Who cares?
I never get lonesome
Cause I treasure my own company


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Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 07:13 pm
Usage when considering only two things
In many languages, including English, traditional grammar requires the comparative form to be used when exactly two things are being considered, even in constructions where the superlative would be used when considering a larger number. For instance, "May the better man win" would be considered correct if there are only two individuals competing. However, this rule is not always observed in informal usage; the form "May the best man win" will often be used in that situation, as it would if there were three or more competitors involved.

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