In the following sentence, is using "more similar" correct?

I learned JAVA in school; it's more similar to C++ than C.

Is there any better way to say it?

  • That's a perfectly fine way to put it. – Dan Bron Jun 17 '15 at 11:38
  • Also, "JAVA is closer to C++ than C". – Eilia Jun 17 '15 at 11:49
  • Thank you. Thank Eilia for editing the question for a wider audience. I will see to it from now on. Closer. – Babbzzz Jun 18 '15 at 4:13

Yes, it is perfectly grammatical. The Corpus of Contemporary American English has 189 cites, and the British National Corpus has 29. Here are some examples:

  • According to Gallup, the economic and political climate today is more similar to years when incumbent presidents lost than when they won. CBS This Morning (SPOKEN)

  • Honeybees are great for testing effects on biological clocks, Warman says, because their clock genes are more similar to mammals' than to those of other insects studied so far. Science News (MAGAZINE)

  • Are they rather similar more similar to France in administration than Britain? Ideas in action programmes (RADIO BROADCAST)

  • People are not more similar to each other today than they were in their grandparents' time. The blind watchmaker. Dawkins, Richard. (BOOK)

  • Further, because the effects of partial harvest treatments in our study were more similar to those in the control treatment than to the clearcut treatments, some species that benefit from some open canopy or early-successional habitat for reproduction may be reduced or excluded (e.g., chorus frogs, toads). Bioscience (ACADEMIC)

  • Thank you. What do you think about using "JAVA is closer to C++ than C" as suggested by Eilia? – Babbzzz Jun 18 '15 at 4:14

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