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    "Reading no novel is as pleasant as reading this one."
    "Meeting nobody is as annoying as meeting you."

    Can one use these sentences meaning:
    This novel is the most pleasant to read.
    You are the most annoying person to meet.

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    Re: negative

    Quote Originally Posted by azz
    1) "Reading no novel is as pleasant as reading this one."
    2) "Meeting nobody is as annoying as meeting you."

    Can one use these sentences meaning:
    This novel is the most pleasant to read.
    You are the most annoying person to meet.
    One can't, sorry.

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    Re: negative

    But one can say:
    Reading no novel is better than reading this one.
    Meaning it is better to read no novel than to read this one, right?

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    Re: negative

    Quote Originally Posted by azz
    But one can say:
    Reading no novel is better than reading this one.
    Meaning it is better to read no novel than to read this one, right?
    Well, semantically, 'no novel' means the novel doesn't exist. That is, 'Reading no novel [a novel that doesn't exist] is better than reading this one.'

    Why not try?

    Not reading anything at all is better than reading this novel.

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