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    #1

    three times as pretty as

    Hi,
    I hear "I am three times prettier than my sister." I thought the correct way of saying this is "I am three times as pretty as my sister." Which is correct? Or both are acceptable in English?
    In my school days, the latter was what I learned. Is the first form grammatically correct?
    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by hetzer; 07-Jun-2020 at 04:06. Reason: typo and more explanation

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    #2

    Re: three times as pretty as

    They mean the same to me to mean someone is much more pretty than another.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Jun-2020 at 08:31. Reason: Adding the full stop, Ted. Do take care.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: three times as pretty as

    Use the latter.

    Who did you hear using the former?

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    #4

    Re: three times as pretty as

    Thanks. I heard this first phrase from a friend living in America. She is not a native speaker of English. I noticed something wrong when I heard it, but I was not sure at that time. The latter was my English based on my education.
    Thank you very much. I feel much more confident with your answer.

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    #5

    Re: three times as pretty as

    Thank you. I know, as a non-native speaker, that this could convey the same meaning. I am not sure natives do use this kind of phrase.

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    #6

    Re: three times as pretty as

    I would expect to hear either from native BrE speakers.

    This is three times bigger than that.
    This is three times as big as that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: three times as pretty as

    Quote Originally Posted by hetzer View Post
    Which is correct? Or are both are acceptable in English?

    Thank you in advance Unnecessary. Just click Thank after you get an answer.

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    #8

    Re: three times as pretty as

    Some feel that 'three times prettier than' means 'four times as pretty as'.
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    Re: three times as pretty as

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Some feel that 'three times prettier than' means 'four times as pretty as'.
    Oh, that's interesting. I never thought like this. This is definitely new to me.
    Thank you.

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    #10

    Re: three times as pretty as

    hetzer, I expect you're aware that 'three times prettier' has no more precise a meaning than 'much prettier'.

    Prettiness is subjective and not precisely quantifiable, as '9kg is three times heavier than 3kg' would be.

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