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Hi

The sentence given below is one among the those that need to be checked for faulty comparison error.

Jealousy often arises because a person wishes to be as good as or better than another person in some particular way.

I am unable to spot any significant error in the sentence. However, I was wondering if the word another needs to other as the feeling of jealous is always in relation to a particular person.

Please give your views.

Suresh

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seems OK to me.

Who told you it might be wrong?

Clive

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If you say 'another person', you are referring to an unspecified person.

If you say 'the other person', it is a more specific reference.

Essentially, it's the difference between a indefinite article and a definite article.


For consistency, I would say this.

Jealousy often arises because a person wishes to be as good as or better than another person in some particular

way.

Jealousy often arises because the person wishes to be as good as or better than the other person in some particular way.

Clive

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Thank you, Clive.

It was a sentence among others that require me to check for faulty comparison error. Probably it was wrongly included in that exercise. Even I couldn't spot any error. After thinking over it for some time I started think about "another" in the sentence.

What is your opinion about changing "another" to "other"?

. . . than other person . . is incorrect grammar.

Clive

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. . . than other person . . is incorrect grammar.

Clive

Clive

I was thinking on this sentence as to why we say this ungrammatical.

Will it be grammatical if other takes the definite article 'the" (than the other person)?

Please give your views.

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CliveEssentially, it's the difference between a indefinite article and a definite article.For consistency, I would say this.Jealousy often arises because a person wishes to be as good as or better than another person in some particular way.Jealousy often arises because the person wishes to be as good as or better than the other person in some particular way.

I understand it now. Thank you, Clive.

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