Can strong adjectives have comparative and superlative?


I learnt that strong adjectives are "ungradable" so for example the adjective enormous can't be used with intensifiers such as very, slightly, a little, a bit, extremely, terribly, etc. So I wonder if this kind of adjectives can have comparative and superlative?


Posted 2017-06-18T13:18:16.420

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1Please give examples of what you're wondering about. – Peter – 2017-06-18T13:44:46.107

That elephant is rather enormous, wouldn't you say? It is more enormous than any I've ever seen. It's possibly the most enormous elephant on the planet. – Tᴚoɯɐuo – 2017-06-18T14:18:26.323


Beware of "authoritative" lists of ungradable adjectives. In practice, there is no hard and fast rule governing the use of a comparative or intensifier with such adjectives. One of the most thoughtful treatments of the subject I've found is here.

– P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica – 2017-06-18T18:26:37.850

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