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Old 04-22-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Default What does "it does not get any better. " means?

English is my second language. What does the sentence "It does not get any better" in "I have two children at this SCHOOL. From top to bottom, it does not get any better. " Does this mean the SCHOOL is good or bad?
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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English is my second language. What does the sentence "It does not get any better" in "I have two children at this SCHOOL. From top to bottom, it does not get any better. " Does this mean the SCHOOL is good or bad?
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The school, in this case, would be the best, since there is none that is better.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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English is my second language. What does the sentence "It does not get any better" in "I have two children at this SCHOOL. From top to bottom, it does not get any better. " Does this mean the SCHOOL is good or bad?
Thanks.
That is a weird sentence. The writer is saying that the school is bad. But the person who wrote the sentence wrote a poorly worded and unclear sentence, so I would question their judgement about what makes a good school.

Regarding "it does not get any better." Imagine someone who is 50 years old and who has been sad his entire life. Maybe he is even sadder at 50 years old than at 30 years old. To him, life does not get any better.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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That is a weird sentence. The writer is saying that the school is bad. But the person who wrote the sentence wrote a poorly worded and unclear sentence, so I would question their judgement about what makes a good school.

Regarding "it does not get any better." Imagine someone who is 50 years old and who has been sad his entire life. Maybe he is even sadder at 50 years old than at 30 years old. To him, life does not get any better.
If the original query was sarcastic, maybe so, as in stating "this is as good as it gets." If it is an honest, straight foreward assessment of the school, the intent would apear to be a positive review. If the quote in question said, "it doesn not get any worse," it would be the worst.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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If the original query was sarcastic, maybe so, as in stating "this is as good as it gets." If it is an honest, straight foreward assessment of the school, the intent would apear to be a positive review. If the quote in question said, "it doesn not get any worse," it would be the worst.
Oh shoot, you're right. Sorry to confuse the OP , that review is saying the school is GOOD, not bad. As in "nothing is better than this school" - I was not reading it right.

I was confused because I thought the reviewer was saying that she has one student in a lower grade and one in another, and from one to the other it doesn't get any better because they are both bad. But what the reviewer is saying is that all aspects of the school, "from top to bottom" - like "from head to toe" you might say about a person - that all aspects of the school are so good that they could not be any better.
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