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I was reading a newspaper and then I came across this sentence:

"The restaurant owner is competing more for guests than for the staff members."

So can I reframe it in this way

"The restaurant owner is competing more for guests than competing for the staff members."

  • The omisson of a repeated verb (in this case "competing") is called ellipsis. It is common in English. You could reframe it as you have done, but it is not idiomatic. – P. E. Dant Sep 25 '16 at 20:56
  • A better form of the original sentence might be "The restaurant owner is competing more for guests than for staff members". – Peter Sep 25 '16 at 22:19

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