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What is the difference between pseudo and true comparatives when we are talking about non-complementary opposites? Could you give me examples as well?
pseudo comparatives and true comparatives. ex. “This box is light, but it’s heavier than that one.” In this case “heavier” is treated as pseudo-comparative because here it does not mean ‘heavier to a greater degree’ but “of a greater weight”. In “It’s cold today, but it’s hotter than yesterday” hotter mean “hot to a greater degree” and is therefore described as a true comparative. (Source: Click on the link below. Download the document. Go to page 7, last column.)If the link above doesn't work, go to Google, type in "heavier" "pseudo comparatives" (use the " marks), and it's the 3rd listing down the page.
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... forms there are basically two possible relationships: pseudo comparatives and true comparatives. ex. “This box is light, but it's heavier than that one. ...