In one episode of the show Friends season 2, Rachel said to Ross:

I never wanted you more.

It confused me a lot. Does it mean I didn't want you any more or I wanted you most? How should I understand it?

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I haven't seen the show, but I managed to find a copy of the script online. The original line is actually:

Rachel: I've never wanted you more.

The literal meaning of this line is "I really want you now." It leaves out a part that is being compared in the comparative structure. The sentence in its entirety would read:

I've never wanted you more than (how much I want you) right now/this moment.

What is omitted is than I want you now. So the line in its literal meaning is an affirmative statement.

However, judging from the context, Rachel says that in a sarcastic tone. She actually means that she hates the sound Ross is making and finds it repellent.


"Never" (not ever), means there was not an occurrence in the past. So this is saying there was not a time in the past when I wanted you more than I do now. This could be rephrased:

I want you more now than I ever did before.

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