I know adverbs modify a verb ('run more') but what do we call it when a word modifies an adjective?
German has NO translation for "more" as a particle to form comparative!
Well, I'm native German and I think I know my language well enough to say that the translation of "more" as a comparative form is Ø. In other words: NIL. Nothing. In English you say "difficult" which corresponds to German schwierig; and "more difficult" which corresponds to German schwieriger. So the German rule of thumb with the comparative is that an -er suffix is appended to the adjective. But you must not translate this use of "more" to "mehr". That's wrong. Corrected! -andy 220.127.116.11 06:01, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
According to the American Heritage Dictionary it is a noun, so I have removed the label. 18.104.22.168 02:51, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
- You also removed the headword template. Aside from that, that doesn't solve the problem. I would say it's neither a noun nor a pronoun: it's really an adjective with the item it modifies omitted. When you say "we need to sell more", you're really saying "we need to sell more <something>". When you say "the more the merrier", you're really saying "the more <people/guests/whoever>, the merrier". The mere fact that it uses "the" doesn't change that, since we're not claiming that "merrier" is a noun, too. It's just an idiomatic construction with "the <comparative form of an adjective construction> the <comparative form of an adjective with a qualitative connotation>, as in "the sooner the better", or "the spicier the better", etc. I'll have to see if there's a discussion on this at WT:RFC. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:33, 29 July 2013 (UTC)