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Absolute Adjectives

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by humblethinker, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. humblethinker

    humblethinker New Member

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    It is not generally accepted, at least by those in the field of linguistics/grammar, to use the term 'most perfect' or 'more perfect'.

    Examples of controversy and/or objection:
    Preamble of the US constitution "...in order to form a more perfect union…"
    Grammarphobia.com http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2008/01/justifiable-usage.html
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showpost.php?p=1919113&postcount=24
    There are many more...

    Interesting articles about language and usage:
    http://grammar.about.com/od/tz/g/usageterm.htm
    http://grammar.about.com/od/ab/g/absadjterm.htm
     
  2. billwald

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    It is mathematical problem? Like comparing infinities?
     
  3. humblethinker

    humblethinker New Member

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    That's something to think on for sure... it seems whether in mathematics or grammar, there are similarities in logic. Maybe that's where these issues arise and are just manifested in grammar in mathematics.

    Good question Billwald.
     
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    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/absolute
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/perfect
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/equal
     
  6. Tom Butler

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    The correct way to say it is "more nearly perfect," regardless of how our Consistution puts it.

    If it's perfect, it can't be more perfect.

    If can be "more," it can't be perfect.

    Perfect is an absolute. Either it is or it isn't.

    Like pregnant. Either you are or our aren't.
     
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    Haha, yeah, I'm sure for some people that DOES settle it! It IS 'orthodox'! Good catch there Jerome!
     
  9. humblethinker

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    So Tom, would you agree that there is no such thing as a perfect chair?
     
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