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    belly_ttt is offline Senior Member
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    Tim cannot speak English better than John
    a) John speaks English better than Tim
    b) Tim speaks english as well as John

    I wonder which sentence has the nearest meaning to the original one. My teacher advised us not to use the comparision "than" in negative sentence. So I pressume a is the best choice. What about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Tim cannot speak English better than John This sentence tells us that that Tim's English is either worse than John's or it is as good as John's. So what do you think of a) and b)?
    a) John speaks English better than Tim
    b) Tim speaks english as well as John

    I wonder which sentence has the nearest meaning to the original one. My teacher advised us not to use the comparision "than" in negative sentence. What your teacher said is not is not relevant to your decision here. So I pressume a is the best choice. What about you?
    Put a period at the end of each sentence.
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    So what did you choose, a or b mr 2006?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So what did you choose, a or b mr 2006?
    You should have highlighted your choice in your first post. It was difficult to see you had chosen "a".

    As with 2006 I don't agree with your teacher about not using "than" in a negative sentence. It is fine in this sentence. Perhaps he/she was referring to something else.

    Coming back to your original question

    Tim cannot speak English better than John
    a) John speaks English better than Tim
    b) Tim speaks English as well as John

    Both answers could be correct.

    The original sentence says that Tim cannot speak English better than John but it does not say he speaks it worse either. John and Tim may have equal ability to speak English.

    So all you know is that John can speak equal to or better than Tim.

    It is a poorly designed first statement for this question.

    As far as an answer in a test goes....they are probably looking for "a" as the correct answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So what did you choose, a or b mr 2006?
    First of all, considering the possibility that my initial post may have helped you to give an answer, I wanted you to answer again.

    Secondly, it is a bad question with no 'correct answer' because, from the meanings, both choices are equally possible. There is no good reason to choose a) or b)!

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    My teacher chose a whlist I chose b, so I lost some scores for it, but don't know why

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