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My wife and I disagree regarding the usage of a phrase

Post by StevenMich » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:52 am

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

My Wife and I were having a conversation about Hairstylists who cut our Disabled Daughter’s hair in the past. The Daughter has Non-Verbal Autism and Behavioural Issues and can be difficult to manage, at times. The Wife said: “Stylist A is more impatient than Stylist B.” I told her she should’ve said: “Stylist A has less patience than Stylist B.” However, my wife thinks it’s grammatically correct to say: “more impatient.” If “impatient” means having no patience, how can a person have more of something that doesn’t exist?

Who’s right and who’s wrong in this scenario? My wife, or I?

Thank you in advance!

Sincerely,


Steven.

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Re: My wife and I disagree regarding the usage of a phrase

Post by Safari » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:54 pm

StevenMich wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:52 am
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

My Wife and I were having a conversation about Hairstylists who cut our Disabled Daughter’s hair in the past. The Daughter has Non-Verbal Autism and Behavioural Issues and can be difficult to manage, at times. The Wife said: “Stylist A is more impatient than Stylist B.” I told her she should’ve said: “Stylist A has less patience than Stylist B.” However, my wife thinks it’s grammatically correct to say: “more impatient.” If “impatient” means having no patience, how can a person have more of something that doesn’t exist?

Who’s right and who’s wrong in this scenario? My wife, or I?
I believe both options are grammatically correct, though yours may be semantically more logical - or less illogical :mrgreen:

Btw, "Who’s right and who’s wrong in this scenario? My wife, or I?" should be ""Who’s right and who’s wrong in this scenario? My wife, or me?.

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Re: My wife and I disagree regarding the usage of a phrase

Post by Joe » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:51 pm

StevenMich wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:52 am
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

My Wife and I were having a conversation about Hairstylists who cut our Disabled Daughter’s hair in the past. The Daughter has Non-Verbal Autism and Behavioural Issues and can be difficult to manage, at times. The Wife said: “Stylist A is more impatient than Stylist B.” I told her she should’ve said: “Stylist A has less patience than Stylist B.” However, my wife thinks it’s grammatically correct to say: “more impatient.” If “impatient” means having no patience, how can a person have more of something that doesn’t exist?

Who’s right and who’s wrong in this scenario? My wife, or I?
lol Very philosophical :roll:
Grammatically, both are possible :ok:
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