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    something else + more + adj?

    Is it correct to say "I've got something else more important to do. I can't come today."

    Are there any other ways to say this?

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    #2

    Re: something else + more + adj?

    ""I've got something else more important to do. I can't come today."

    You could also say:

    "I've got something important to do today, so I can't come."

    or

    "I've got something else more important to do today, so I can't come."

    I personally prefer the sentence in bold.
    Last edited by Noego; 10-May-2007 at 03:19.


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    Re: something else + more + adj?

    So many thanks for the response, Noego. It's really very helpful.

    By the way, don't I need a comma or a full stop before so in the sentence you've suggested?

    And, can I omit that 'else'? What's does it mean with and without else? And how does 'else' affect the meaning of the sentence?

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    Re: something else + more + adj?

    I would put a comma before "so".
    Not only can you omit "else", you should omit it. It's a useless word.

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    #5

    Re: something else + more + adj?

    You're right, I've edited my post and added a comma.

    But isn't:

    "I've got something else more important do."

    a common expression. I could've sworn I've heard time countless times before. I realize this doesn't make it grammatically correct however.

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    Re: something else + more + adj?

    I don't know that it's grammatically wrong; I just feel that it adds nothing at all to the meaning. You can even expand it further to say 'I've got something (else that is) more important to do.', but it still means exactly the same with or without the words in brackets.

    I am sure you have heard your sentence many times, but the word is of no use that I can see and Asad did specifically ask about it.

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    #7

    Re: something else + more + adj?

    Yes, you're right he did ask for it.

    You're also right in saying that it doesn't really add anything to the sentence as the "else" is implied if you don't use it.

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