Language tip of the week: more

Posted by on January 09, 2014

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryHappy New Year! Our regular weekly post with language tips returns, bringing more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the word more:

The expression more and more is used mainly in speech and informal writing. In academic and professional writing, the adverb increasingly is much more common:
✗ Europe is becoming more and more unified and therefore people are afraid of losing their own identity.
✓ Europe is becoming increasingly unified and therefore people are afraid of losing their own identity.
✗ Problems include the loss of national identity, more and more competitive lifestyles, and declining moral values.
✓ Problems include the loss of national identity, increasingly competitive lifestyles, and declining moral values.

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