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In my understanding, the following sentence

A is not as old as B.

may have 2 meanings, either

A is older than B


A is newer than B .

So what is the actual meaning of "A is not as old as B"?

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closed as general reference by Kris, Lynn, Roaring Fish, tchrist, Neil Coffey Oct 26 '12 at 16:04

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Is this a language question or a logic one? It seems to be a logic one, unless you are simply confused about the meaning of "not as old". Also, your title does not match your question; they are asking different things. – itsbruce Oct 26 '12 at 15:41
I voted to close as general reference because this is a very basic grammatical question. You might want to support the English Languages Learners proposal, which would be a better home for such questions as these. – Lynn Oct 26 '12 at 15:41
@itsbruce: For me "A is not as old as B" means either "A is older than B" or "A is newer than B". – kiss my armpit Oct 26 '12 at 15:52
@Lynn I see it more as "Not a real question"; too ambiguous and confused. – itsbruce Oct 26 '12 at 16:03
@ガベージコレクタ: I'm intrigued. How can you manage to understand "A is not as old as B" as meaning "A is older than B"? Would you therefore say "A is not as big as B" means the same as "A is bigger than B"? Surely you can see that not as old as means not older than, so how can it also mean older than? – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '12 at 18:21
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"A is not as old as B" means:

B is older than A (and A is younger than B) (if A and B are living things)


A is newer than B (and B is older than A) (if A and B are objects)

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And the answer to your question in the title is no. – JAM Oct 26 '12 at 15:31

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