The two sentences:

  1. The lighter the camera, the harder it is to hold steady.

  2. The lighter the camera is, the harder it is to hold steady.

I just saw the former one but always make the construction like the latter one.

Is the is redundant here?

Thank you.


It is perfectly idiomatic to use sentence 1.

Sentence 2 is OK also, but 2 letters longer.

You can read more here about "The…the… with comparative adjectives":

Structure: the + comparative adjective + clause + the + comparative adjective + clause

  • The more adventurous it is, the more I like it. (NOT The more it is adventurous, the more I like it.)

  • The less I see him the more I like him.

  • The more he reads, the less he understands.

  • The older we grow, the wiser we become.

  • The higher you climb, the colder it gets.

  • The richer one grows, the greater one’s worries.

  • The less you spend, the more you save.

  • The sooner they go, the better it is.

A short form of this structure is used in the expressions ‘the more the merrier’ and ‘…the better’.

  • ‘How do you like your coffee?’ ‘The stronger the better.’

  • ‘When should I start?’ ‘The earlier the better.’

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  • Isn't to hold it steadily better? – h345k34cr Jun 20 '19 at 13:27
  • I think they are both OK, with a difference in meaning. I cannot explain the difference, maybe somebody will enlighten us both :) – virolino Jun 20 '19 at 13:33
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    Can I say: "Greater the price smaller the demand"? – Kumar sadhu Jun 28 '19 at 10:37
  • You can, of course, but it is definitely incorrect. The idiom has a very fixed structure, as described. – virolino Jun 28 '19 at 10:39

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