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Can anyone who knows the language well please tell me the difference between "no" and "no other" in the following sentences? Are they both correct? In speaking, I have seen both are used.

  • No student in the class is as strong as Alice is.

  • No other student in the class is as strong as Alice is.

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They are both correct, but there is a slight difference that could be made.

When using "No student" doesn't necessarily imply that Alice is a part of the class , while "No other student" implies that Alice is a part of the class, because of the word other.

Be mindful of that difference, but in the end it isn't a big deal if you prefer to say one over the other.

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    It might help to point out there's nothing particularly unusual about No student in the class is as clever as the teacher, but No other student in the class is as clever as the teacher would only make sense if the preceding context had identified one or more students who are that clever. – FumbleFingers Aug 16 '18 at 12:21
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Some native speakers will use this form to indicate that Alice is the strongest student in the class, that she has no peer in strength:

No other student in the class is as strong as Alice is.

But other is unnecessary there. Moreover, it can also be a cause of slight confusion, as that pattern could be used to describe situations where there were two (or more) students tied for strongest, Jane and Alice:

Jane is as strong as Alice. No other student in the class is as strong as Alice is.

where other is in relation to Jane, not Alice.

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