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Your bad intonation is more likely to make your informal English sound unnatural than

grammar

grammar will/would/is

which is correct?

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Your bad intonation is more likely to make your informal English sound unnatural than bad grammar is.

Putting an extra bad in there to make the sentence less ambiguous is probably a good idea, although it can be omitted.

I think is works here, because of the present tense of

is more likely

It makes more sense that the second half of the sentence is in the present tense as well.

bad intonation is more likely to make your... bad grammar is more likely to make your...

Although I would say that in casual conversation they could probably all be used and nobody would really notice.

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    Thank you. I was also thinking of rephrasing the whole sentence into a simpler one. How about this?: Your informal English is more likely to come off as unnatural by your bad intonation than by bad grammar.
    – Rose
    Jan 27, 2017 at 12:25
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    That would work well also. Nice use of the superlative. Jan 27, 2017 at 12:34

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