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The ambiguous meaning of “He is better.”

In A Comprehensive Grammar of The English Language, 7.77 comparison of good, well and ill, it says: He is better. is ambiguous between: (a) He is well again. (b) He is less ill. I can only ...
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Than to serve or than serve? [closed]

A famous line from Milton's "Paradise Lost" is found as follows on the internet : (1) Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. (2) Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. Which ...
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She is tall/ taller for her age by two inches

1.She is tall for her age by two inches. She is taller for her age by two inches. Which of the above two sentences is correct? If the two are correct, how?
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“Tank needs 8 minutes less” or “8 minutes lesser”

Is this question correct? Tank needs 8 minutes less to empty the tank than it needs to fill it. Should we use 'lesser' here as 'than' is used for comparison. Please clarify it.
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Adverb clause of comparision

example1: “He is wiser that I” example2: “He is wiser than me”. I know example1 is correct and example2 is grammatically wrong. But please check the below conditions Sentence1: “I found her ...
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Can we use 'the' before comparatives?

He is the better of either of the boys.Is this corrret? If not what will be correct form.
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“That much more so”

Two lines in the movie The Kingdom go: And after speaking with Thamer, I advised withholding additional U.S. Personnel, because a large part of the religious justification for these bombs is the ...
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Shouldn't “much” here be used instead of “more”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Last Lesson" which was: It was because they were sorry, too, that they had not gone to school more. More is a comparative adjective. So I wonder in the ...
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is ‘fine’ in the sense ‘of very good quality’ gradable?

fine in the sense *of very good quality * seems somewhat an abosulte adjective. Since absolute adjectives are not gradable, I am wondering whether this principle applies to fine in the sense ‘of very ...
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Which of the meanings of the adjective “mean” can have comparison or superlativeness?

Of of the gradable (synthetic) adjectives (adjective that have suffix of "-er" or "-est") is mean > meaner > meanest). Now looking at the dictionary, shows 7 meanings for this adjective! Adjective:...
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Should vs Got to vs Have to

I understand that when using have to in a sentence, the meaning is clear - something needs to be done and there is no choice about it. For example: You have to have car insurance to drive a car. ...
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comparative degree in a run on sentence

>Mathematics is not an intramural sport, and as important as being first is, how one gets to one's destination is often as important as, if not more important than, the actual target. please help me ...
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What should be used with a person or 3rd person , comparative degree or simple form of adjective

A person is becoming good day by day. or A person is becoming better day by day. or A person is getting better day by day. or A person is being good day by day. Which one is correct and why?
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Comparitive degree as a Modifier!

The incident gave hardly an impact upon his vastly greater preoccupations Is comparative used as a modifier? If so, then how it could be used without any comparison shown in the sentence?
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“A little too (much) young” vs “A little bit too (much) young” vs “a bit too (much) young”

I often see phrases like "a little too much", "a little bit too small", "a bit too big", "a little bit too much old", "a little too heavy", and "a bit too old" and as far as I know it means "to some ...
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Better, more better or much better, which is correct?

Yesterday, I asked one of my students how he was. He answered, "I am more better." I told him that "I am (much) better" would do. He answered, I was already better yesterday, and I am better than I ...
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word that describes advantages being “surpassed” or “exceeded” by disadvantages

For instance, a sports car might have all the technology and power but the high cost is its disadvantage compared to an average car. So "However, the advantage of high technology and power is _____ed ...
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Usage of “compared to” [closed]

Which can I say? The price of A is higher compared to B. or The price of A is higher compared to the price of B.
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The pattern of quite as adjective as

I'd like to ask what you understand from the following sentences, which I found randomly on the Internet Rooftop solar isn’t quite as great as you thought it was (but it’s still pretty great) ...
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Comparative degree or superlative degree?

Are these two sentences correct according to English grammar? Which story was longer? Which story was the longest? One of my colleagues said that the first question is wrong according to ...
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Degrees of comparison

This girl is more intelligent than the rest of the class. This girl is the most intelligent than the rest of the class. Which one is the right one? As far as I know, we use "than + comparative ...
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Use of “-er” or the word “more” to make comparative forms

To make a comparative form, one can add –er (as in ‘nearer’) in some cases or one can use the word “more” as a prefix (as in "more beautiful") in some others. Is there any rule that says where can ...
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one of the more fascinating

Václav Havel was one of the more fascinating politicians of the last century. I would like to ask whether this sentence is correct. I would await the usage of superlative: Václav Havel was one of the ...
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Easier and much easier trouble

I read an article on ThinkProgress. Its heading is: The Republicans’ Sneaky Plan To Make It Much Easier To Pass Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich I know the term 'easier' that means 'more easy'. I ...
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This winter is less cold than last one

I have a question about the word-usage of "less." Does the sentence "This winter is less cold than last one." make sense?
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The difference between “Older” and “Elder”

What is the difference between "Older" and "Elder" ? And are they interchangeable ?
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“less than global reach”

The current teleport sector consists of four primary types of service providers, all with different strategies: • In-house broadcasters - a limited number of broadcasters that have ...
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As fast as Or As fast?

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar And ...
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Can we use superlative degree when comparing?

In my academics I've learnt that we use comparative degree when comparing any thing. But I shocked when my friend told me that this sentence is correct. The population of Tokyo is greatest among ...
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Can “quite” modify adjectives and adverbs in the comparative degree?

They laughed, they cried, but it was not quite better than ''Cats.'' They were there, after all, to buy Memories. (The New York Times) “Oh my God! Wembley Stadium. Yeah, my God. So it’s going to ...
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“bigger” vs. “more big”

As we know, comparatives compare two things. So, for example, we say that one thing is larger or more temperate than another thing. Now, let us consider the following examples. A. The African ...
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Is it “less than” or “lesser than”?

I often hear people say "less than", but shouldn't it be "lesser than"? Which one is correct?