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    comparison qustion

    This sentence is in TOEFL preperation book.

    The house is now the cleanest that it has ever been.

    the answer key says that the previous sentence is correct BUT

    i see it is incorrect as the correct one should be :

    The house is now cleaner than it has ever been.

    any help please ??


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    #2

    Re: comparison qustion

    Both are correct.


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    Re: comparison qustion

    How can that be ???

    we have two situations regarding house ,, now ( it is clean ) and everbefore ( may be clean , but not as it's now)
    so it is reasobalble to use -er than condition .,....

    is not that true ??

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    #4

    Re: comparison qustion

    They are both correct but The house is now cleaner than it has ever been. is more natural.


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    Re: comparison qustion

    The way the house is now = A.
    The way it looked in the past at different moments in its history = A1, A2, A3 ... An

    1. The house is now cleaner than it has ever been.
    Comparative degree.
    A vs. A1; A vs. A2; A vs. A3; ... A vs. An

    2. The house is now the cleanest it has ever been.
    Superlative degree.
    A vs. A1, A2, A3,... An


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    #6

    Re: comparison qustion

    Clark

    Thank u very much ,, it is clear now
    it seems u are a mathematician :)

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