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Comparitive sentence

Postby DevDev » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:12 am

This form is normally used when we compare between two things,
he is taller than xyz, etc.

People are using this form directly without comparison also, like

we will put in a larger group,
it is a bigger problem,
we will work on a newer version, so on

Does it mean a 'wider' meaning here? Please give more details, thank you.

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Re: Comparitive sentence

Postby Tukanja » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:19 am

DevDev wrote:This form is normally used when we compare between two things,
he is taller than xyz, etc.

People are using this form directly without comparison also, like

we will put (the object has been missed) in a larger group,
it is a bigger problem,
we will work on a newer version, so on

Does it mean a 'wider' meaning here? Please give more details, thank you.This question isn't clear to me.

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Re: Comparitive sentence

Postby Josef » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:33 am

When you say that people are "using this form directly without comparison", that isn't really true. You are ignoring context. Sentences don't happen in a vacuum. So in your three examples, the people having the conversation know what the "other" group/problem/version is. But it's not necessary to mention it.

a larger group (than the one we're talking about)
a bigger problem (than the one one had before)
a newer version (than the old version)

You may like to review these pages on comparative adjectives.


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