Here’s the dilemma of the day:
I like him better.
I like him more.
Which is correct?
Better refers to quality, whereas more refers to quantity.
I like him better now than I used to. (quality)
I like him more than he likes me. (quantity)
It’s the same situation with Best vs. Most.
“I like him best” refers to the quality of my affections: I like him best when he is smiling.
“I like him most” refers to the quantity of my affections: Of all my cousins, I like him most.
Now here’s a sentence that could go two different ways:
I like him more than Don.
Which of the following is meant?
I like him more than I like Don.
I like him more than Don likes him.
To remove any doubt, pick one of those two longer sentences and use that instead.
Here’s another tough dilemma:
I like him better/more than she.
I like him better/more than her.
Which is correct? Well, that depends on what you really mean. Again, use a longer sentence to clear up the fog.
I like him better than she does. The quality of my liking is higher than hers.
I like him more than I like her. The quantity of my liking him is greater.
How shall we remember this?
Good Better Best (adjectives, quality)
Some More Most (adverbs, quantity)
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Profound Quote of the Day:
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.”
– Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker, b. 1926