Are you supposed to say ‘cleverer’ or ‘more clever’? It might be confusing if you’ve never encountered this before. But we’ll cover that and teach you how to use the correct phrase in a sentence.
Don’t feel like reading around for the answer? Here’s the quick answer: they’re both correct.
As you just learned, both ‘cleverer’ and ‘more clever’ are acceptable to use. You might be wondering if there’s another way to say it.
So, now you know you can say ‘cleverer’ or ‘more clever’ in any circumstance. Let’s talk about the superlative of ‘clever.’
A superlative adjective is a word used to describe a noun when comparing it to two or more nouns to the highest or lowest degree.
For example, the superlative of big would be biggest. Here’s an example:
In this example, ‘biggest’ is superlative.
Now, let’s take a look at the superlative for ‘clever.’
As evidenced above, the superlative of ‘clever’ is ‘cleverest’ or ‘most clever.’
The Merriam-Webster definition of clever is “skillful or adroit in using the hands or body: nimble,” “mentally quick and resourceful,” “marked by wit or ingenuity,” and “dialect.”
The Cambridge definition of the word is “having or showing the ability to learn and understand things quickly and easily.”
Some synonyms include:
Some antonyms include:
Now that we’ve defined the word ‘clever’ and you know a few synonyms, let’s see how to use it correctly in a sentence.
Take a look at a few examples of how to use ‘cleverer’ in a sentence:
Now, let’s see a few examples of how to use ‘more clever’ in a sentence:
As you can see, it doesn’t really matter which version of the term you use because they mean the exact same thing.
Now that you know that it’s okay to use ‘cleverer’ and ‘more clever,’ you don’t have to agonize over which one sounds correct.
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