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I have a question about how to phrase something:

"enhances the performance over the conventional structure"

or

"enhances the performance than the conventional structure"?

Would any native speaker be so kind to tell which is right? Thanks

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  • This question really needs more context.
    – J.R.
    Oct 8, 2013 at 12:45

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Without knowing the rest of the sentence, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer, but most likely:

  • "than" is wrong;
  • "over" would be better;
  • but I would write "compared with":

enhances the performance compared with the conventional structure

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  • I wouldn't say "compared with" is wrong, but I definitely think "compared to" is more common and idiomatic. (Maybe this is a UK/US thing, I'm not sure.)
    – WendiKidd
    Oct 8, 2013 at 20:42
  • It maybe partly UK/US, but I think it may also depend on the first (missing) part of the sentence.
    – TrevorD
    Oct 8, 2013 at 22:29
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"performs better than the conventional structure" is much clearer, if that is what you mean to say.

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  • Expand on the answer to make it better.
    – Mistu4u
    Oct 8, 2013 at 13:17
  • To expand on Mist's comment: You have answered the "what" of the question. However, answers on Stack Exchange should contain the "why" as well. Without knowing why an answer is correct, future visitors to the site may not be able to apply existing answers to their own questions. Additional information you can add will help these visitors from the future and possibly save them the time of having to ask a new question. Oct 8, 2013 at 14:11

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