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Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell English as it is most other phonetic languages.

from Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy

Shouldn't it have been "as it is in most other phonetic languages" or "as it is with most other phonetic languages"? Or the presented wording is acceptable too?

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    Maybe, "Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell English as it is (to learn to read and spell) most other phonetic languages." I might be wrong, I'm not a native speaker. – dan Aug 17 at 10:55
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Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell English as it is most other phonetic languages.

Similar to what user dan says in a comment, the above sentence expands into the following:

Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell English as it is [easy to learn to read and spell] most other phonetic languages.


Your suggestion, as it is in most other phonetic languages would work had the sentence read as follows:

Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell in English as it is most other phonetic languages.

However, that's not the intended meaning, so that suggestion doesn't quite work.

  • I dunno, it just sounds weird to me. I agree that it might be what the phrase is trying to convey, but Google gives a lopsided victory to as it is in\with most other against as it is most other. I might think that only the it is not as easy part is meant: Certainly, it is not as easy to do X as it is (in) most other languages. – Michael Login Aug 17 at 14:06
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    @MichaelLogin It's not weird at all. You have to expose yourself to English some more, I suppose. As I said in my comment to the other answer, examining the frequency of each expression is the wrong path to take in this case, and the results you think you've gotten are misleading. It's unclear to me what you meant by I might think that only.... A simplified example (similar to those in the other answer) might be It's not as easy to learn English as it is French, or It's not as easy to learn to read in English as it is in French. But you can't combine the two. – userr2684291 Aug 17 at 14:31
  • OK, I got it, thanks. – Michael Login Aug 17 at 14:47

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