fair

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfɛər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/fɛr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fâr)


Inflections of 'fair' (advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."):
fairer
adv comparative
fairest
adv superlative
Inflections of 'fair' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
fairer
adj comparative
fairest
adj superlative
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
fair - fairly
‘fair’
You say that behaviour or a decision is fair when it is reasonable, right, or just.
It wouldn't be fair to disturb the children's education at this stage.
Do you feel they're paying their fair share?
‘fairly’
Don't use ‘fair’ as an adverb, except in the expression play fair. If you want to say that something is done in a reasonable or just way, the word you use is fairly.
We want it to be fairly distributed.
He had not explained things fairly.
Fairly also has a completely different meaning. It means ‘to quite a large degree’.
The information was fairly accurate.
I wrote the first part fairly quickly.
Be careful
Don't use ‘fairly’ in front of a comparative form. Don't say, for example, ‘The train is fairly quicker than the bus’. In conversation and less formal writing, you say ‘The train is a bit quicker than the bus’.
Golf's a bit more expensive.
I began to understand her a bit better.
Be careful
In more formal writing, you use rather or somewhat.
In short, the problems now look rather worse than they did a year ago.
The results were somewhat lower than expected.
Many other words and expressions can be used to show degree.
Adverbs and adverbials (for a graded list of words used to indicate degree)
fair - fare
These words are both pronounced /feə/.
‘fair’
Fair can be an adjective or a noun. If something is fair, it is reasonable, right, or just.
If someone is fair or has fair hair, they have light coloured hair.
My daughter has three children, and they're all fair.
A fair is an event held in a park or field for people's amusement.
We took the children to the fair.
‘fare’
Your fare is the money you pay for a journey by bus, taxi, train, boat, or plane.
Coach fares are cheaper than rail fares.
Airline officials say they must raise fares in order to cover rising costs.
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