Learn English – “More loudly” vs “louder”. Correct usage


What is the correct usage of the adjective "loud"?

  1. Please sing louder
  2. Please sing more loudly

I came across this in one of the quizzes at office, and as per them, the correct answer was option 2. I really don't get what's wrong with option 1.

Best Answer

They are both well-formed and idiomatic sentences. Whoever insisted on that quiz answer alone is trying to specify a very particular standard, where modifiers of verbs must outwardly look like an adverb (using '-ly'). But that is not the case as 'louder' works as an adverb, too.

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