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Change the following from comparative to positive degree of comparison:
Harry is taller than his brother. [Intermediate]


A
Harry's brother is not as tall as him. 
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B
Harry is very tall compared to his brother.
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C
Harry's brother is taller than him.
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D
Harry is tall as his brother.
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Solution

The correct option is A Harry's brother is not as tall as him. 
When there is an interchange of the sentence from comparative to positive, without changing its meaning, a negative word 'no' or 'not' is added. Here the sentence is in the comparative degree. As 'Harry' is taller than 'brother', the brother is shorter than 'Harry.' In other words, the brother is 'not as tall as' Harry. Option A is correct because the sentence is of the positive degree of comparison using 'not as tall as', without changing the meaning of the sentence. Option B is incorrect because the adjective 'very' is not a comparative and the sentence is not of the positive degree. Option C is incorrect because it is opposite in meaning to that of the given sentence, where the 'brother' is taller than 'Harry'. Option D is grammatically incorrect. 

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