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the use of word: 'mere' and 'trivial'

Post by pcyjhSmart » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:51 am

Hi, I am Korean student.

I took an English test last week.
A question is on English writing.

The answer my teacher suggested was ' No matter how trivial his action is considered, he won't stop doing."
But my answer I wrote was " No matter how mere his action is considered, he won't stop doing."

My teacher said my answer was wrong because 'mere' must be used in front of a noun grammarticaly.

But, by Googling, I found a sentence that "No matter how mere they are or how grand the view." in the novel titled "The Lady travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger".

Showing this sentence, I told my teacher my sentence is right, but she replied me I am still wrong and to bring any grammar document saying such use of 'mere' is acceptable.

Please help me.

Thank you in advance.


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Re: the use of word: 'mere' and 'trivial'

Post by Joe » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:57 am

The adjective "mere" is attributive, ie used before a noun. This is shown in good English dictionaries, and you can see it at: (US) (UK)

The novel you cite appears to be mimicking the language of a bygone era.
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