Reply to ""fun", comparative form?"

Actually, strictly speaking, "fun" is not an adjective, but a noun, as in this definition from the American Heritage Dictionary:

n.
1. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.
2. Enjoyment; amusement: have fun at the beach.
3. Playful, often noisy, activity.

As a noun, its quantity or amount would be compared with "more" and "the most." The sentence would be:

"¢ It's more fun to play tennis than to go shopping at the mall.
A sentence with a superlative might be:

"¢ We had the most fun all summer playing tennis last weekend.

So, yes, your sentence would be perfect with "more fun" or "the most fun."
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Many nouns cross the line to become adjectives themselves. "Fun" is one of those nouns, although its use as an adjective may still be considered borderline. The American Heritage Dictionary* has this definition at "fun":

adj. Informal.

Enjoyable; amusing: "You're a real fun guy" (Margaret Truman).

The Cambridge Encyclopedia** also notes the use of "fun" as an adjective:

"Many speakers, especially younger ones, accept expressions like a very fun person, indicating that fun has been assimilated into the adjective category."
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While "funner" does not seem to exist as a bona fide comparative of "fun" used as an adjective, it does appear in 43,400 examples on Google. Take a look! This form, however, would draw red correction marks from teachers and editors everywhere.

Rachel
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*The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Houghton Mifflin Company. 2003
**The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, by Huddleston and Pullum. Cambridge University Press. 2002
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