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    Default A better chairman or the better chairman than

    Hi, teachers,

    What is the difference between the two below? Thank you.

    Bill Gates, according to some, is a better chairman than Craig Barrett.
    Bill Gates, according to some, is the better chairman than Craig Barrett.

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    Default Re: A better chairman or the better chairman than

    A is better than B.
    A is a better [noun] than B.
    A is the better [noun] (of the two)
    . - the noun can be omitted if it has been previously mentioned.
    A is the best [noun] (of more than two). . - the noun can be omitted if it has been previously mentioned.

    We do not use the with a comparative adjective + than.

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    Default Re: A better chairman or the better chairman than

    Thanks again. That means there is no such construction as "A is the better (noun) than B" but either "A is a better (noun) than B" or "A is the better (noun) of the two". Am I right?

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    Default Re: A better chairman or the better chairman than

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    "A is a better (noun) than B" or "A is the better (noun) of the two".
    Exactly!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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