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    X is not as salty as Y.
    X is less salty than Y.
    Can we also say X is not saltier than Y. I mean is this structure correct ,or we should necessarily use less?
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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    X is not as salty as Y.
    X is less salty than Y.
    Can we also say X is not saltier than Y. I mean is this structure correct ,or we should necessarily use less?
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    If you say that x is not saltier than y, you are saying that they are equally salty.

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you say that x is not saltier than y, you are saying that they are equally salty.
    Equally or less salty.

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Equally or less salty.
    Why less?

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    If I say I am not taller than you, I may be as tall if not shorter than you. No?

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    If I say I am not taller than you, I may be as tall if not shorter than you. No?
    Perhaps, but why not simply say: "I am shorter than/not as tall as you".

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Well, this is something you can't be sure of until you do the measurement to be exact.

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Well, this is something you can't be sure of until you do the measurement to be exact.
    Let's take the OP's original example of saltiness. If I taste x and y and I find that x is less salty, I will say that it is less salty. If I taste and say that it is not saltier (I wouldn't say that), it means that it is equally salty.

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    Re: comparatives+ a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Equally or less salty.
    That's correct.
    It's quite simple logic. For example, if an integer is not greater than 10, it is either 10 or less than ten.
    While language is not necessarily logical, I can't see why "not saltier than" doesn't include "less salty" along with "equally salty".

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