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    Default I found myself to be none the sadder for the next accident.

    Dear all,

    Do you use the phrase "none the sadder" as in the sentence below?

    I found myself to be none the sadder for the next accident.

    I have seen "none the wiser", but not "none the sadder" until recently.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: I found myself to be none the sadder for the next accident.

    I can't say that I've ever seen or used "none the sadder" although I can't say there's anything wrong with it.

    "None the wiser" and "none the poorer" are certainly used regularly.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I found myself to be none the sadder for the next accident.

    BNC has only these 4:
    1 NONE THE WORSE 40
    2 NONE THE WISER 26
    3 NONE THE UNHAPPIER 1
    4 NONE THE EASIER 1
    COCA has these 6:
    1 NONE THE WORSE 69
    2 NONE THE WISER 38
    3 NONE THE RICHER 1
    4 NONE THE POORER 1
    5 NONE THE EASIER 1
    6 NONE THE BETTER 1
    So 'none the <comparative adjective>', except with a few words, isn't widely used. But 'none the worse' and 'none the wiser' are by far the commonest.

    b

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