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

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2006, 16:47
Jim Henry wrote:
> 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]". >
Sure, but that falls under "presuppositions and assumptions". And would there be a time limit on that previous conversation? A day? a week? probably OK. A month? maybe. Six months-- a year, or more? unlikely. I really meant "out of the blue". Example: no List members have any knowledge of my health or financial status. Therefore I could not send a msg. stating "I'm healthier! I'm richer!" (without further info) and expect it to make any sense to anyone. Healthier/richer than what? who? when?