Which of the following sentences is correct and why?

I replied a day earlier than she did.

I replied a day earlier than her.

If both of them are correct, what is stylistic better?

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    "Which is stylistically better?" It depends on your style!
    – Peter
    Jun 20, 2017 at 18:33
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    @Peter adverbs are hard. Jun 20, 2017 at 18:45

1 Answer 1


The former is "correct" and in fact you would still use "she" even if you did not include the word "did" at the end. However, almost no native speakers use "she" in this case when speaking casually. Most everyone would say "I replied a day earlier than her."

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