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    Does the following make sense? What does it mean? Is it the opposite of "He is taller than me"? Thanks.
    He is taller for me.

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    'Taller for' doesn't make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    Does the following make sense? What does it mean? Is it the opposite of "He is taller than me"? Thanks.
    He is taller for me.
    The only possible use of that phrase is someone expressing his opinion about the relative height of another person. Even at that, it would be strange.

    A: I think John is shorter than Jack. How about you?
    B: He (John) is taller for me (in my opinion).

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    Good example.

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    Thanks, tdol and Mike. I want to get this straight. Does "John is taller for me" suggest anything like "John is not short compared to me"?

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    No, it doesn't; it's only a way of giving an opinion. In you case use 'than'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    Does the following make sense? What does it mean? Is it the opposite of "He is taller than me"? Thanks.
    He is taller for me.
    Just another point about this construction. Strict grammarians do not approve of "taller than me" in that sentence. They prefer "taller than I (am). :wink:

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