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    I have a doubt  with this comparison structure. I don �t really know whether it is possible or not in English, because I have seen it a few times in books but I was taught it in a different way. In Spanish we do use it that way. So I want you to tell me.
   Michael isn �t more experienced than I am.  ( Can we use the comparative form with a negative?  Shouldn �t it be like this
   Michael isn �t as experienced as I am) 

25 Sep 2015      

United Kingdom

Hi curk. Both of those structures are fine. The second one is the usual form. The first one �Michael isn �t more experienced than I am/than me � might be used for emphasis. Someone has claimed that Michael has got more experience than you, and that is far from true! 

25 Sep 2015     

United States

To add to cunliffe �s answer, the first sentence, "Michael isn �t more experienced than I am," can mean that your experience and Michael �s experience is equal. In reference to a job, for example, you both worked at the job for five years. It can mean that you have more experience as well.

In the second sentence, "Michael isn �t as experienced as I am," you are definitely claiming that you have more experience. You have been on the job for ten years and Michael for only five, let �s say.

Mathematically, you might express the first as M ≤ I. (M is Michael’s experience; I is your experience). The second would be M < I.

25 Sep 2015     



26 Sep 2015