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The periphrastic comparative consists of the function word mearmore followed by the adjective.

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The comparative can not only be expressed by the comparative morpheme -er following the adjective, but also by the word mearmore preceding the adjective. The word mearmore is itself the comparative corresponding to follemany/much. so there is an a priori choice between morphological and periphrastic, as shown below:

Example 1

a. yntelligenter - mear yntelligent
more intelligent
b. rynsker - mear rynsk
more lavish

In actual practice, there seem to be some factors favouring either the morphological or the periphrastic comparative. Roughly speaking, the periphrastic comparative occurs more easily with words having more syllables. There are some specific cases where the periphrastic comparative is favoured.

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