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robjen
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 12:11:42 AM
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(ex) The excellent condition of this vase does not make it any more valuable than the other vase.


I don't understand why you can add "any" to "more valuable". What does "any more valuable" mean?

Thanks a lot.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 12:31:33 AM

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Hi!

"Any" has an adverbial meaning when used like this.

It means the same as adding "(not) even a little bit" or "(not) even slightly" after a comparative adjective.

The excellent condition of this vase does not make it any more valuable than the other vase.
The excellent condition of this vase does not make it more valuable than the other vase - not even a little bit.
Are you feeling any better?
Are you feeling better - even slightly?


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palapaguy
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 12:38:14 AM

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Agree. Very good answer.
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