(not) dirtier than the rest

squidink

Senior Member
Venezuela, Spanish
Hi.

I'm having a little trouble putting together the following sentence.

This dog isn't that dirty, or at least...

A) ...it isn't any dirtier than the rest.
B) ...it's no dirtier than the rest.
C) ...it's no more dirty than the rest.
D) ...it's in no way dirtier than the rest.

I personally think that D is correct, but it's not quite what I'm trying to say. I'm probably really trying to decide between A, B and C. A and B seem grammatically correct to me, while in sentence C it seems incorrect to say 'more dirty', rather than simply 'dirtier' (as in sentence B).

Any advice?
 
  • ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    Hi Squiddie.

    A) ...it isn't any dirtier than the rest.:tick:
    B) ...it's no dirtier than the rest.:tick:
    C) ...it's no more dirty than the rest.:tick:
    D) ...it's in no way dirtier than the rest.:tick::warn:

    They're all grammatically sound, and all mean more or less exactly the same. (D) sounds slightly unnatural: a very emphatic way of saying something so utterly humdrum.
    I don't have any problem with no more dirty in (C): it isn't obligatory to form the comparative of a 2-syllable word ending in y with an er rather than a more.
     
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