Are the budget airlines in a different strategic group than the major network airlines?

Is it a correct sentence? If I rewrite this sentence in an affirmative form, it could be

The budget airlines are in a different strategic group than the major network airlines.

But my question is about after linking verb are (before preposition in) whether something is required or not?

  • Although the following link doesn't bear directly on your question, it is relevant: en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/different-from-than-or-to – Ronald Sole Feb 18 at 11:14
  • I don't care with different,,,,,,from/to/than. My question is about whether something is required between ARE,,,,IN. If I say I'm better at English than Karim it's wiuld be correct sentence, isn't it? But if I say I'm,,,,, at english than Karim then a question arises I'm,,,, what,,,at english than Karim. Something, I mean an adjective like better, is required between AM and AT. – Mohammad Abul Hasem Feb 18 at 11:58
  • Why did you change the last two words in the second sentence? And what is it that you think could be between are and in? – Jason Bassford Feb 18 at 17:00
  • I was careless to make the right statement, @Jason Bassford. Thanks for identifying the mistake. – Mohammad Abul Hasem Feb 20 at 20:06

When you change the sentence from a question to a statement, nothing is required between 'are' and 'in'. As you know, the word order is what determines whether it is a question or not.

You can add an adverb between the verb and preposition if needed.

The budget airlines are often in a different strategic group ...

The budget airlines are always in a different strategic group ...

But that will change the meaning of the sentence at least a little.


The affirmative sentence is in SVO order (well, SVC order because to be is a linking verb, but the distinction between an object and a complement is not important here).

As is common with a question, you have shifted it to VSO order.

The verb is are, the subject is the budget airlines, and the complement is "in a different strategic group than the major network airlines".

This a completely normal case of changing word order to make something a question. It needs no special treatment. You have thus formed the question correctly.

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