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I want to know if "easier than before" is correct in my sentence or not, and how I can say something makes things better than before. For example.

"Our smartphones make learning languages easier than before."

  • Yes, it is correct. What makes you think otherwise? – Bella Swan Sep 24 at 9:57
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    I am learning English through self-study, and sometimes I want to make sure if native speakers use this rule and that word to Improve my English – Abu Omar Sep 24 at 10:06
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"Easier than before" gives the impression of an immediate improvement. There was a previous situation, and then you made a change, and now the situation is easier.

I got a non-stick frying pan, so cleaning up is easier than before.

The sentence implies a specific change or event. Cleanup is easier than before I got the pan.

By contrast, your example sentence is not "everyday English" but advertising lingo. In that lingo, they usually prefer to say "easier than ever before".

Our smartphones make learning languages easier than ever before!

Why do they do this? Because it makes their product the best yet, the latest in a chain of constant improvement... if it's easier than the previous product, it must also be the easiest ever. And why not use hyperbole to sell a product?

If a regular person says "easier than ever before", though, they'll sound like an ad. :)

  • What about "Smartphones make the process of learning languages easier than ever before." – Abu Omar Sep 24 at 11:14
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    @AbuOmar That would be fine too (in publicizing or perhaps encyclopedic lingo). – Luke Sawczak Sep 24 at 12:16
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    I wonder what the downvote is for; if someone's intuition conflicts with mine or they feel the explanation is inadequate, I hope they return to elaborate... – Luke Sawczak Sep 24 at 12:18

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