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Oct 7 2009   8:50PM GMT

Easier vs. more easily

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
When a firewall uses static packet inspection, an attacker can get through the filter _______.
a. easier
b. more easily


Answer: b

Explanation:
Easier is an adjective. You could say, for example, that static packet inspection makes the intruder’s task easier, because easier modifies the noun task. The adverb form is more easily. Here, it modifies get through.

Michael Kwan’s Grammar 101 covers easier vs. more easily.

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