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    Default I don't feel better / any better / even better

    1. I don't feel better.
    2. I don't feel any better.
    3. I don't feel even better.


    1 is of course correct.

    Also we often come across 2.

    My question is ....

    Is it correct to say like 3 ? I've learned ( and taught ) that degree modifiers for comparatives are 'far, much, eve, still. a lot, and a little'.

    'I don't feel even better' sounds awkward to me since it is a negative sentence.
    I think we should use any to modify comparatives in negative sentences.

    Am I right? ㅡ,ㅡ
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    Default Re: I don't feel better / any better / even better

    You're right- #3 is incorrect. We might say:

    I feel even worse. OR
    I feel even better. in addition to the other two examples you cited.

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    Default Re: I don't feel better / any better / even better

    "I don't feel even better" is definitely not a natural sentence. You're right that it would be fine in a positive statement:

    Do you feel any better?
    Yes. I feel even better than I did yesterday!

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