adverb (infl, en, adverb)
- With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
- The hotter better.
- The more I think about it, weaker it looks.
- The more money donated, more books purchased and more happy children.
- It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
- With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result in the direction of the comparative. This can be negated with none.
- It was a difficult time, but I"m wiser for it.
- It was a difficult time, and I"m none wiser for it.
Etymology: From demonstrative pronoun (term, íe, lang=ang), a late variant of (term, se, lang=ang), originally masculine nominative, but in Middle English superceding all previous forms ((term, se, lang=ang), (term, seo, sÄo), (term, íít)).
- Dutch: hoe + comp., hoe + comp.
- German: je + comp., + desto + comp.
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