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    Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Hello teachers,

    Would like to ask the difference between:
    Betty, at her prime, is better than anyone else.
    Betty, at her prime, is better than everyone else.

    which one is correct / more commonly used? Thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Quote Originally Posted by s3thdy View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Would like to ask the difference between:

    Betty, in (at) her prime, is better than everyone else.

    which one is correct / more commonly used? Thanks.
    The first one is correct and more commonly used. Please use 'in' instead of 'at' and if you mean she has passed her prime, then say:
    Betty, in her prime, was better than everyone else.

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    Re: Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The first one is correct and more commonly used. Please use 'in' instead of 'at' and if you mean she has passed her prime, then say:
    Betty, in her prime, was better than everyone else.
    Hi Sarat.. Thanks for answering.

    I tried to look for both phrases in Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    the results are:
    better than anyone else: 211 phrases found
    better than everyone else: 36 phrases found

    So possibly both of them are correct, do they have different meaning?

    The second question arise: why should we use "in" instead of "at"? Would you provide more explanation? If she hasn't passed her prime, what would we use then?

    Thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Quote Originally Posted by s3thdy View Post
    Hi Sarat.. Thanks for answering.

    I tried to look for both phrases in Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    the results are:
    better than anyone else: 211 phrases found
    better than everyone else: 36 phrases found

    So possibly both of them are correct, do they have different meaning?

    The second question arise: why should we use "in" instead of "at"? Would you provide more explanation? If she hasn't passed her prime, what would we use then?

    Thanks.
    You can not distinguish in terms of meaning, but the phrase ‘anyone’ makes more emphasis that there is at least someone who is different from others as a whole, where as “everyone’ sounds neutral. In that sense ‘anyone’ is more acceptable.

    Prime refers to a specific period of life like youth, teens when you link these words with a noun or pronoun in a sentence, you use ‘in’

    This man, even in his youth, showed great potential.
    He played a lot tennis, when he was in early teens
    There is a website in the form of a question as:
    Mike Tyson in his prime VS Muhammad Ali in his prime, who would win.

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    Re: Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Hi Sarat,

    Actually i am hoping for a formula for me to use "IN" or "AT" and actually haven't really quite found the answer, especially now with this "IN" or "AT" her prime.

    You can see the discussion in the thread which you probably may help me to understand:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tion-time.html

    Thanks.
    Last edited by s3thdy; 29-Nov-2009 at 13:16.

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    Exclamation Re: Better Than Anyone / Everyone Else

    Quote Originally Posted by s3thdy View Post
    Hi Sarat,

    Actually i am hoping for a formula for me to use "IN" or "AT" and actually haven't really quite found the answer, especially now with this "IN" or "AT" her prime.

    You can see the discussion in the thread which you probably may help me to understand:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tion-time.html

    Thanks.
    I have seen the discussion and the answers. All boil down to the following examples which are self explanatory.
    Points of time (at) The class will end at eight o'clock
    Period (in) I was born in the year 1990.(period is from 1st Jan to 31st Dec)
    reference to days (on) I was born on the 15th Feb 1990.

    Prime, youth and teens are periods and not points of time in one's life.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 29-Nov-2009 at 16:21.

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