“More clear” vs “Clearer”: when to use “more” instead of “-er”?

“More clear” vs “Clearer”: when to use “more” instead of “-er”?

The basic rules of forming comparatives:
One syllable words take -er:
clear -> clearer
sweet -> sweeter
Multisyllable words take "more":
incredible -> more incredible (not "incredibler")
horrible -> more horrible (not "horribler")
Two-syllable words ending in consonant + y take "ier":
happy -> happier
pretty -> prettier
Both "more clear" and "clearer" are acceptable:
Your answer is more clear than mine.
Your answer is clearer than mine.
I would have thought that "clearer" was more common, but I find "more clear than" is actually much more common on Google than "clearer than".

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