Archive for May 19, 2011

grammatical expression: the more the merrier

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I was recently in a conversation with someone, and I used today’s grammatical expression: “the more the merrier”. I thought it would make a good entry for today. We use it when someone asks if another person can come to a planned event such as a party. We say “the more the merrier” in response, and it means that the other person is welcome to come: In other words, the more people at the event, the better it will be. For example:

A: Is it ok if I bring my girlfriend to the party?

B: Sure!  It’s totally ok! The more the merrier!

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A: I wasn’t invited to go drinking after the meeting. Do you think it’s alright if I come?

B: Of course it’s alright! The more the merrier! Please tell other people to come too!

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A: I really want to go to Doug’s party, but I don’t know if I should.

B: I’m sure he’d love for you to come! The more the merrier!

So, in the expression, we use the word “merry” which is another word for “happy”. However, we don’t use “merry” very much in modern English. It’s only used in special expressions such as this one, or at Christmas time when we say “Merry Christmas”.

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