Comparative adverb

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A comparative adverb is an adverb that's used in its comparative form. For example, in English:

  • Joe can run quicker than Fred.
  • Fred runs quickly, but Joe runs quicker.

The comparative adverb is identical in form to a comparative adjective, though its syntactic function differs since it's an adverb not an adjective.

Some authorities (who?) proscribe this usage, particularly from formal writing, claiming that because it doesn't contain -ly, it can't be an adverb, and one should say e.g. Joe can run more quickly than Fred. This is the usual prescriptivist nonsense.

Superlative adverbs are similar.