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Which sentences are grammatically correct and which one sounds the most natural to you?

  1. Speaking English is not as tough as it used to be.
  2. Speaking English is not tougher than it used to be.
  3. Speaking English is not tough as before.
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1 and 2 are both correct as they stand, though there is a difference between them.

The first implies that speaking English is easier than before, whereas the second indicates that there has been no change in the difficulty.

Sentence 3 is ungrammatical, though adding as before tough would fix this and the meaning would be nearly identical to the first.

  • It was easy for me to understand.Thank you for explaining in detail. – yuu Oct 6 '18 at 8:00
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    When one sentence says "I have lost a million dollars", and another "I haven't won a single dollar", you can't call that a nuance. You must call it two completely different things. – RegDwigнt Oct 7 '18 at 0:00
  • @RegDwigнt you’re right of course. I’ve amended my answer. From an ESL standpoint though, these are two similar sentences employing a comparative structure. I’ll be more careful with diction in the future. – ancepsinfans Oct 7 '18 at 5:14

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