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Let's say nothing could beat firsthand experience. And you say:

Nothing could get any better than firsthand experience.

Or

Nothing can be better than firsthand experience.

Which is correct to express what I am really trying to say?

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In normal conversation, this can be said in many ways, e.g.:

Nothing beats first-hand experience.

There is nothing better than first-hand experience.

Nothing can take the place of first-hand experience.

The two examples that you provide are acceptable, although I personally would not express your intended message in those words. The phrases 'could be better' and 'can be better' imply the possibility (perhaps even the probability) that one thing can/could be better than another. However, I interpret your intended meaning to be that 'first-hand experience' is always better than any other type of experience. If my interpretation is correct, then it might be better to replace 'could be better/can be better' with 'is better'. The use of 'is better' does not simply imply the possibility of a better outcome; it states it as an absolute certainty.

  • As for my examples, are they both correct or something? – John Arvin Dec 14 '18 at 18:36

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