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    no/not + comparative adj.

    Hi, everyone.

    What's the difference between 'no + comparative adj.' and 'not + comparative adj.'? For example, what is the difference between the following two sentences:
    The weather today is no better than it was yesterday.
    The weather today is not better than it was yesterday.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    Hi enydia

    The adverb not is used to negate the predicate:

    Ex: The weather today is not/isn't better than it was yesterday.
    I'd use it when disagreeing, and I'd put emphasis on not. For example,

    Anne: The weather is better today.
    Bob: The weather is not better today.


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    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi enydia

    The adverb not is used to negate the predicate:

    Ex: The weather today is not/isn't better than it was yesterday.
    I'd use it when disagreeing, and I'd put emphasis on not. For example,

    Anne: The weather is better today.
    Bob: The weather is not better today.

    Thank you, Soup.

    "I'd use it when disagreeing, and I'd put emphasis on not. "
    So, I could use no when describing the weather condition, right?

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    #4

    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    Right; e.g., the weather condition is no better today than it was yesterday. It means the weather condition hasn't changed; the condition is the same as yesterday.



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    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    Hi,

    The weather today isn't better than it was yesterday.

    Would it be okay to leave out "it was"?

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    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hi,

    The weather today isn't better than it was yesterday.

    Would it be okay to leave out "it was"?
    Not a teacher.

    Not sure.

    I think is ok, because 'it' and 'was' are the repetitions of the 'weather' and 'is'.


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    #7

    Re: no/not + comparative adj.

    'it was' can be omitted.

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