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There is a senetence in my grammar book:
Today is no warmer than yesterday.
Is it a correct sentence?
Is it possible to say:
Today is not warmer than yesterday.
Today it is not warmer than yesterday.
today it is not warmer than (it was) yesterday.
I agree the sentence is correct if you insert '(it was)'.
But I think that this makes it an awkward sentence to use in real life and would be an unusual one for a native speaker to use.
When you say, 'no warmer', you are referring to a change in the temperature ( in your sentence, the temperature of the air, and that there has been no perceptible change in the temperature).
When you say, 'not warmer', you are making a distinct comparison between two different temperatures:
He: "I think this one is warmer than that one."
She: " I disagree. That one is not warmer than this one."
Last edited by David L.; 20-May-2009 at 02:13.
I see nothing wrong with "Today it is not warmer [out] than [it was] yesterday." All of the text's sentences are good.
"Not warmer" :Then you are making a direct comparison between two separate things, namely, the temperature yesterday, and the temperature today.
'no warmer today than yesterday' is referring to the air, and whether the air has perceptively changed, 'warmed up'
"My bed is no warmer than it was ten minutes ago. I think the electric blanket is faulty." Here, we are talking about a change in one thing.
Last edited by David L.; 20-May-2009 at 03:19.
I can see from your posts that from a purely grammatic level that this sentence works.
But looking at it from the angle of popular usage, I still contend that this sentence would not be used by a native speaker and so should be discouraged.