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Re: The...the... (and other comparisons)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2006, 15:31
On 4/26/06, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
>..........True, saying "X is > healthier" is elliptical, but it's a reduction _in context_ of "X is > healthier than [whatever]", and would depend on the hearer's prior knowledge > of the situation-- the presuppositions and assumptions underlying the > discourse. "X is healthier" simply would not occur, out of the blue, as the > first statement in a new discourse.
It might occur as the first statement in a conversation, if there had been a previous conversation between the same people about X's state of health. "X is healthier [now than he/she was when we spoke last]". -- Jim Henry


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>