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    dilodi83 is offline Senior Member
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    Default more - better

    You may say the boy should have known............(more/better), but I do not think he was entirely to blame.

    CAN I USE BOTH, MORE AND BETTER, WITHOUT ANY CHANGE IN MEANING? IF THERE WERE ANY CHANGES IN MEANING COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THEM?

    Thanks so much.

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    know better

    to be smart or sensible enough not to do something
    ▪ You walked home alone? Don't you know better (than that)? ▪ She'll know better than to trust them again. [=she will not trust them again] ▪ There's no excuse for his behavior. He's old enough to know better. ▪ Don't blame him. He's just a child and he doesn't know (any) better. [=he is too young, inexperienced, etc., to be expected to behave properly]

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    Default Re: more - better

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    You may say the boy should have known............(more/better), but I do not think he was entirely to blame.

    CAN I USE BOTH, MORE AND BETTER, WITHOUT ANY CHANGE IN MEANING? IF THERE WERE ANY CHANGES IN MEANING COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THEM?

    Thanks so much.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Sunsunmoon has given us a really good explanation of "to

    know better."

    (2) I think that maybe (maybe!!!) the difference is that "better"

    is an adverb that intensifies the power of the verb; "more" is a

    noun (or pronoun?) that is the object of the verb.

    (3) Let me give you a very sad but true example.

    (4) Two British gentlemen recently visited an American city.

    They decided to visit a certain part of that city. A 16-year-old

    boy killed them.

    (a) Sadly, they did not know better than to visit certain

    parts of that city -- especially at night.

    (b) If they had known more about the crime problems in that

    city, they would probably have avoided that neighborhood.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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