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    #1

    better

    Which is correct:

    1-He has been more good to me than I can say.
    2-He has been better to me than I can say.

    3-He has been more good to me than I deserved.
    4-He has been better to me than I deserved.

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    Re: better

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-He has been more good to me than I can say.
    2-He has been better to me than I can say.

    3-He has been more good to me than I deserved.
    4-He has been better to me than I deserved.

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    Mr. Tasan,


    I believe that you have asked a very insightful question.

    According to my books, "better" is just a more

    elegant way to say "more good." If English-speaking

    people had not "invented" the word "better," then we

    would all have to say "more good." In modern English,

    it is not considered idiomatic to say "more good."

    That is, native speakers require "better." But the

    idea = more good. Taller = more tall; bigger = more big,

    etc.


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    #3

    Re: better

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-He has been more good to me than I can say.
    2-He has been better to me than I can say.

    3-He has been more good to me than I deserved.
    4-He has been better to me than I deserved.
    Parser is correct in saying: In modern English, it is not considered idiomatic to say "more good." That is, native speakers require "better."

    However, I have the feeling that 'good to me' is so fixed as a phrase that it would be possible for a native speaker to say, "more good to me'.

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    Re: better

    I think so too; we can say things like 'He's done more good than harm', which I think could make it sound less strange.

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