Scrivo in merito all’inserto Work It Out del mese di maggio. A pagina 23 viene chiesto di indicare la forma superlativa di alcuni aggettivi. Bene, per quanto riguarda ‘modern’ avrei detto ‘modernest’. Ho verificato su dizionario Collins online ed esistono entrambe le voci ‘modernest’ e ‘most modern’.
Esiste forse un criterio di utilizzo? Ringrazio anticipatamente e resto in attesa di risposta. Silvia Bruschi

Cara Silvia,
in inglese alcuni aggettivi di due sillabe formano il comparativo e il superlativo con -er e -est, per esempio feeble (feebler, feeblest);
e tutti quelli che terminano in -y (lazy, happy, friendly, silly, ecc.). Alcuni si possono formare sia con il suffisso sia con la formula more/most, per esempio clever: cleverer/more clever; cleverest/most clever. Tuttavia, il comparativo e il superlativo di modern sono sempre more modern e most modern. Forse cercando online ti sei confusa con modernist?
Distinti saluti, Mike

I am confused by the new way to say the year date from 2000 on. In the 20th century, to say it was a year, for example 1983, you said: ‘nineteen eighty three’. Now things have changed. From the year 2000, the year is read  as a normal number. So 2019 is read as ‘two thousand nineteen’ and not as ‘twenty nineteen’! Have the rules changed?
Greetings. Rocco Simone Sciola

Dear Rocco,
Most people read the year as a normal number (‘two thousand and one’, ‘two thousand and two’ etc.) until 2010 when it becomes ‘twenty ten’, ‘twenty eleven’ etc. There was a lot of doubt about this until the London 2012 Olympics (‘twenty twelve’), which seemed to make a difference at least in the UK. Some people continue to read the date as a normal number but I would expect this to fade out by the time we get to 2020. Hope this helps. Best regards, Rachel

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