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I like the new English course better than ______.

a. the old

b. an older one

c.the older

d.the old one

Hello,

Could you choose the most precise answer and explain their grammar points,especially a and d ?

Thanks.

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like the new English course better than __.

a. the old

b. an older one

c.the older

d.the old one

d. 'the old one' is correct.

a - the old what?

b - could be any of the previous versions

c - just doesn't work. We are comparing 'new one with something ('old one'). You could compare the 'newer' with the 'older' in another context.
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To me a sounds the correct answer
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I would like to thank nona the brit for the explaination. His or her explaination has boosted my learning.However,I found one example in the

Oxford Advanced Learned"s Dictionary(7th Edition) is quite similar to the one answered.The example in the first definition under the

headword "compare" is:

We carefully compared the first report with the second.

Hi,

Could you tell me why the word "one" is not added after "the second"?

Is the sentence self-explanatory?

Thanks.

With best wishes.
Nona, Just want to make sure I get it right.

The following carry the same meaning.

The older version is better than the newer.

The old version is better than the new one.
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