I saw this on a reviewer's video, but I'm not sure if I understand the meaning or how you would parse it in English?

I didn't catch everything the speaker said but I remember;

说不好比起[name of character C]也

From context it seems like the speaker was comparing someone he's recently met (A) to two others (B and C), he said A was not like B, and then he says A is "说不好比起[name of character C]也".

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  • '说不好' is a variant of '说不定' (can't state with certainty= may be)

  • '比起' means 'compare to'

  • '也' in this context means 'even'

"说不好比起 C 也" = "May be even(?) compare to C"

It is an incomplete sentence, we don't know what quality is being compared between B and C

The following would be a complete sentence:

"[说不好]比起 C 也好不了多少" - "[May] not even [be] any better compare to C"

好不了多少= not even any better


should add a comma: 说不好, 比起C....

比起:compare to/with

说不好=不好说 means "it's hard to tell".

I figure the implication here is the speaker is hard to tell the differences between A and C; he may be able to identify the differences but not knowing how to tell/describe them, or just simply unable to identify any.

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