Use of comparatives

The following use of comparatives heard on a television report has just caught my attention: ‘more wide and important’. I’d have said ‘wider and more important’. What would you have said? Perhaps both adjectives can be considered as a whole?

Hi Conchita,

You said:

So would I. I think

sounds out of kilter and unharmonious to my ancient ear.


Thanks, Alan, that’s a load off my back, so to speak!

Also, I’ve happily noted the expression ‘out of kilter’. You seem to have a bottomless bag full of those phrases!

For me you too,Conchita; seem to have a bottomless bag full of those phrases!. That’s was very nice using a load off which let me look it up untill I found it. For all others (as me, of course) who doesn’t know what does it mean; here it is:

a load/weight off your mind
when a problem which has been worrying you stops or is dealt with:
I’m so relieved that I don’t have to do the after-dinner speech - it’s such a weight off my mind!

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)

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