become a better person we are today

newkeenlearner

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Are these two sentences OK?

1) He has motivated us to become a better person than we are today.

2) He has motivated us to become a better person we are today.
 

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Only 1) is OK, (with a slight reservation about us and a better person going together). Nevertheless, you do hear this sort of thing.
 

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(with a slight reservation about us and a better person going together).

Do you think the following is OK now?

1) He has motivated us to become better people than we are today.

Why do a native teacher suggests the following?

2) He has motivated us to become a better person we are today.


 

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1) Yes.

2) If by native teacher you mean native anglophone teacher, I think there's a problem somewhere. With the indefinite article before person, you need than to complete the better / than construction. The only way I can see this working is if you use the definite article, and the sentence becomes, He has motivated us to become the better person we are today. This means that you are already better than you were, and it's his motivation that has caused the improvement.
 

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The only way I can see this working is if you use the definite article, and the sentence becomes, He has motivated us to become the better person we are today.
Thank you Roman55. How did you know that? :up::)Your sentence was exactly what the teacher suggested. He used "the". I wrongly used "a" instead of "the".
 

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I would say:

He has motivated us to become better people.
 
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