Quote Originally Posted by clevercells View Post
Hi again Anglika,

If we say John is better than James. Grammatically is it correct or not?
It's incomplete. It means 'better at cricket' or 'better behaved' or something. The context often asks the implicit 'Better at what/in what way?' question. So you might hear a conversation like this:

A: Is John better behaved than James?
B: John is better.

There's a fine line between grammaticality and incompleteness.


PS There's another sort of 'better', meaning 'recovered from an illness'. This makes a statement like 'I'm better' ambiguous. When I use it, I sometimes change the stress, to emphasize that I'm not yet 'fighting fit': 'I'm better, but...'.