How do you know whether to say ‘simpler’ or ‘more simple’? That’s something a lot of people struggle with, especially when learning English for the first time. But we’ll cover that in this article.
Want the short answer? ‘Simpler’ is the correct way to say it, but you might still hear people say ‘more simple.’
As we just learned, the correct one is ‘simpler.’ It’s incorrect to use the term ‘more simple,’ even though people still do.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘simple’ is “free from guile: innocent,” “free from ostentation or display,” “of humble origin or modest position,” “lacking in knowledge or expertise,” “lacking in intelligence,” and “not socially or culturally sophisticated: naïve.”
It’s also defined as “sheer, unmixed,” “free of secondary complications,” “having only one main clause and no subordinate clauses,” “having no modifiers, complements, or objects,” “constituting a basic element: fundamental,” “not made up of many like units,” “free from elaboration or figuration,” “not limited or restricted: unconditional,” “readily understood or performed,” and “not subdivided into branches or leaflets.”
Other sets of definitions include: “a person of humble birth: commoner,” “a rude or credulous person: ignoramus,” “a medicinal plant,” and “one component of a complex.”
The Cambridge definition is “easy to understand or do; not difficult,” “used to describe the one important fact, truth, etc.,” and “without decoration; plain.”
Synonyms for the word include:
If you’re trying to say something is ‘simpler,’ you might be wondering how to make the superlative of ‘simple.’
A superlative adjective is a word that compares a noun to another noun in the upper or lower limit of a quality (i.e., smallest, tallest, fastest, slowest, etc.).
Let’s take a look at a few examples:
The superlative of ‘simple’ is illustrated below.
That means the superlative of ‘simple’ is ‘simplest.’
Now that you know the definition and the superlative form of ‘simple/simpler,’ we can talk about how to use it in a sentence correctly.
Here’s a look at how to use ‘simpler’ in a sentence the right way:
To recap, ‘simpler’ is the correct usage. To remember that, try to think about the fact that it’s the ‘simpler’ version of the term that’s correct. It’s simpler to write ‘simpler’ than it is to write ‘more simple,’ so hopefully, that’ll help you remember.
Now, if you struggle with terms that aren’t so simple to remember, such as whether to say ‘relate to’ or ‘relate with,’ ‘in the summer’ or in ‘summer,’ or whether it’s ‘associated to’ or ‘associated with,’ we’ve got you covered. Our extensive library of confusing words can help answer any questions that might arise while you’re learning English.