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I have a question regarding no other. I have given two examples using no other. One in comparative degree and the other in positive degree.

Here are the examples:

1- No other poet in the world is more renowned than William Wordsworth.

I think I shouldn't use no other in sentences using comparative degree. I should use No because no other here means "William Wordsworth is more renowned than William Wordsworth." Am i right? But I have seen people use no other  and no interchangeably in this case?

2- No other poet in the world is as renowned as William Wordsworth.

I think If I use positive degree both no other and no seems natural. What do you think? 

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Both of those sentences could be formed without other.

No man is faster than he is.

No man is as fast as he is.

Although some native speakers would use other there it is unnecessary, and even a little jarring on a semantic level; in the following pattern, however, it is less jarring, though still unnecessary:

No other man is faster than he is but Usain Bolt.

Only Usain Bolt is faster than he is.

No other man is as fast as he is but Usain Bolt.

Only Usain bolt is as fast as he is.

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Both your examples are correct but they don't mean the same thing.

To say:

No other poet in the world is more renowned than William Wordsworth.

means that other poets may be as renouned but they are not more renouned.

So, if you were to attribute the figure of 100 to Wordsworth's renoun, other poets would achieve a score of either 100 or less than 100.

On the other hand, so say:

No other poet in the world is as renowned as William Wordsworth.

means that all other poets are less renouned.

All other poets achieve a figure of less than 100.

  • In practice that specific distinction (whether any other poets might be equally renowned) wouldn't normally occur to either the speaker or his audience - except in contexts such as answering this ELL question, where we're effectively being "artificially" encouraged to assume there must be at least some possibility of there being different meanings. – FumbleFingers Aug 15 '18 at 16:53
  • No one is a sure as I am about this answer. No one is more sure than I am about this answer. [the second one is false only because I don't know who else is sure, though if we were altogether in the same place discussing this, it could be true. – Lambie Aug 15 '18 at 18:09

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