Talk:in vain

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comparative and superlative[edit]

Do these forms actually exist? I couldn't imagine anyone using "more in vain" or "most in vain" as suggested in the entry... Demonic Duck 20:37, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

At least hypothetically. — Mother No 1: I tried so hard to bring my son up right, but it was all in vain. — Mother No. 2: You think you got it bad? I spent my life raising three ungrateful daughters, and that was even more in vain!
Search Google Books, I found over 3,000 hits in printed works for "more in vain," about 600 for "most in vain". —Stephen (Talk) 21:09, 9 January 2011 (UTC)