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The comparative of inferiority (1)

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The comparative of inferiority
Message de nada1 posté le 31-03-2008 à 08:58:44

Hello,
Could we say that the comparative form:
not as+ adjective + as
Example: Jane is not as pretty as Margaret
is used for the comparative of the inferiority as well as of the inequality ?
ie. does the last form (inequality)exist in english grammar?or could we consider them as one?
Thank you

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Modifié par lucile83 le 19-01-2009 14:16
Topic remonté par erreur.


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de jack51, postée le 31-03-2008 à 10:14:16
equality = as ... as = comparative of equality
inferiority = less ... than
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Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de chriscld, postée le 31-03-2008 à 13:00:21
Hello,

equality = as ... as
inferiority = less ... than or not as ... as

Jane is not as pretty as Margaret
= Jane is less pretty than Margaret
= Margaret is prettier than Jane

Have a nice day


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de nada1, postée le 01-04-2008 à 07:52:31
Thank you for your answers ,I simply mean is the comparative of inferiority
-Jane is less pretty than Margaret the same as
-Jane is not as pretty as Margaret .?
If the first sentence is about a comparative of inferiority ,what do we say about the second one,is it a comparaive of inferiority too,or do we call it a comparative of inequality .could we say this term in English grammar
Thank you


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de lucile83, postée le 01-04-2008 à 09:18:43
Hello,
Equality= as...as
Inferiority = less...than
Inequality= not as...as

All 3 exist.
See you


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de nada1, postée le 01-04-2008 à 16:25:04

Thank you teacher lucile83 .it's what I need


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de TravisKidd, postée le 01-04-2008 à 18:07:43
I think it should be clarified that Lucile's answers are very "technical". In common language, we rarely (if ever) use the phrase "less ... than". Rather, we use "not as ... as" to express inferiority. In common language we don't really have a special phrase to express inequality, since inequality is implied by superiority or inferiority.

However, speaking technically, "not as ... as" can in fact mean inequality without necessarily meaning inferiority, which leads to the following play on the phrase:

A: I want you to admit that you're not as good as me.
B: OK, I'm not as good as you.
A: Aha!! See, I was right! I'm the best!
B: I didn't say I was worse than you. I just said I'm not AS good as you. In fact, I'm better!!!

Note: Although we don't use "less ... than", where "..." is an adjective, we do use it where "..." is a(n uncountable) noun. In this case "less ... than" is equivalent to "not as much ... as".

There is less milk in the refrigerator than there was yesterday.
= There is not as much milk in the refrigerator as there was yesterday.


Réponse: The comparative of inferiority de lucile83, postée le 01-04-2008 à 19:57:42
Hello traviskidd,
Well....I just answered nada's question
See you




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