Talk:certain

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comparatives of certain[edit]

I don't know who left the following comment:

-- the adjective has no comparative or superlative, only the adverb "certainly" (more/most) right? "Most certainly, squire!" < -- American sarcastic expression. certain (comparative more certain, superlative most certain) --

American English uses 'more certain' and 'most certain' but they each indicate lesser degrees of certainty than unqualified 'certain'. So to put these in an order, one would actually include 'uncertain' for:

  1. most uncertain
  2. more uncertain
  3. uncertain
  4. more certain
  5. most certain
  6. certain

which admittedly rather overloads the usual notion of comparative/superlative. Now can the basic template capture this? Probably not. I suspect a Usage Note is a solution here. Makearney 23:35, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

definition lacking[edit]

this page is lacking a definition to fit "I know a certain John Smith". --Mat200 23:29, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes. Many defintions lacking.[edit]

It should have something related to specificity.