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What does this sentence mean?

He is a less interesting student than his brother.

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It would depend on context, of course. It might be that he is easy to teach, less challenging (if the teacher finds this soft of thing interesting) or he is too slow, too quiet, too "..anything.." - whatever makes this person less interesting to teach for that particular teacher.

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Let's say Peter is Paul's brother It means Paul is a student and does not command as much attention or doesn't capture one's imagination as much as Peter

How this happens is dependent on what interesting is defined as, for example

knowledge
eloquence
sense of humour
thought process
questioning
personality
etc.

the criteria would probably be something based on being a student since reference is made to being a student. The observers, those who find Paul interesting or not, could be any audience: fellow students, teachers, the general public.

It does not mean Paul is less interested in studying than Peter is

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In this sentence, we are talking about a student who is not smart, is dumb and cannot answer most of the questions asked to him in class. It is difficult for teachers to make him understand most of the things. On the other hand, we are talking about his brother who is smart, brilliant and can answer most of the questions asked to him in the class. It is very easy for teachers to make him understand most of the things.

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  • I think you're reading way more into the sentence than is actually there. – Hellion Jan 22 '16 at 22:51

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