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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:39:31 AM
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Hello,

Trouble in the family
BY THE DOC

I bumped into young Fiona the other day - not her usual cheerful self, by any means.
'Just walked down the road with my dad,' she said ruefully. 'And, as usual, we fought all the way.'
Well, I’ve news for Fiona, and her dad.
Nothing is more natural.
Indeed, I’d go so far as to say if there are NO tensions in a family, something is wrong!
(from the Sunday Post)

About the sentence Nothing is more natural.
Does it mean the following?
Everything is less natural in your (or her) family than other families.

Thank you
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:49:19 AM

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It means it's quite natural to have some dissension and quarrel occasionally in EVERY family. Not just Fiona's.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
onsen
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:10:36 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
It means it's quite natural to have some dissension and quarrel occasionally in EVERY family. Not just Fiona's.


Thank you very much.

In general 'more' requires 'than'.

In the sentence given, than what is nothing more natural?
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:02:23 PM

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onsen wrote:
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
It means it's quite natural to have some dissension and quarrel occasionally in EVERY family. Not just Fiona's.


Thank you very much.

In general 'more' requires 'than'.

In the sentence given, than what is nothing more natural?


Using Jyrkkä Jätkä's answer, what it says is:
Nothing is more natural (than dissension and quarrels in a family).


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Yllek (Я говорю по-английски)
Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:33:10 PM

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i like pie Anxious
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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:47:46 PM

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Yllek (Я говорю по-английски) wrote:
i like pie Anxious

Пирожки этажом выше.

И кого волнует говоришь ли ты по-английски если у тебя плохо с орфографией. :)


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Denny Crane
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:41:52 PM

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FounDit wrote:
onsen wrote:
[quote=Jyrkkä Jätkä]It means it's quite natural to have some dissension and quarrel occasionally in EVERY family. Not just Fiona's.


Thank you very much.

In general 'more' requires 'than'.

In the sentence given, than what is nothing more natural?


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Not necessarily. There are a lot of situations when we omit the remaining part of the sentence, because it's naturally implied in the sentence. If you still want to use 'than' then the sentence would be "Nothing is more natural than that (the fact that the girl is upset)"
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