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    #1

    better than anyone [else]

    Hi,

    - ''When willie is feeling good, he plays better than anyone else on his team.'' (WRONG)
    - ''When willie is feeling good, he plays better than anyone on his team.'' (RIGHT)

    (Essential English Grammar, p.126)

    The book says that using 'else' is wrong. I cannot understand the reason. Could you please why?

    Thanks.

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    Re: better than anyone [else]

    [Not a teacher]

    Sorry ademoglu, but the book does not say that, you have written the sentences the wrong way up.

    - ''When willie is feeling good, he plays better than anyone else on his team.'' (RIGHT)
    - ''When willie is feeling good, he plays better than anyone on his team.'' (WRONG)
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    #3

    Re: better than anyone [else]

    I hope the book also spells 'Willie' with a capital letter.

    I could accept both versions of the sentence — with or without 'else'.

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    #4

    Re: better than anyone [else]

    The strict logisticians would say "without else, he's better than himself," since he is in the class.

    You would have to be so fixated on strict logic and so lacking any sense of real life as to not function in the real world if you really thought that he was better than himself. The distinction is purely pedantic.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: better than anyone [else]

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I hope the book also spells 'Willie' with a capital letter.
    Yes, it does.

    https://books.google.es/books?id=7Gk...ays%22&f=false
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