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]".