Today I saw a photo of my friend's daughter, whom I saw in person more than a year ago. She looks to have grown about a foot since then.

Would it have been grammatically correct of me to say, "She's a foot taller from when I last saw her"?

How about "She's a foot taller than when I last saw her"? This seems less accurate since height ("taller") and time ("when") aren't comparable.

How about using both: "She's a foot taller than from when I last saw her"? This means she is taller than she was at the time I last saw her.

Stylistically, I prefer the first one--"taller from when I last saw her"--but is it grammatically correct?

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    Taller than [some other height, e.g. the height she was when you last saw her). – Michael Harvey Nov 16 '19 at 15:43
  • Thanks, Michael. But "some other height" isn't mentioned. Also, if I say "taller from when I last saw her," isn't that acceptable because it's just a rewording of "From when I last saw her, she was taller"? – thechristophershow Nov 18 '19 at 19:06
  • "But "some other height" isn't mentioned." Doesn't have to be 'mentioned'. It is implied by (1) taller than (2) when I last saw her. – Michael Harvey Nov 18 '19 at 19:50
  • Well, at any rate, can't "taller from when I last saw her" also be used? That's what I'm mainly concerned with. – thechristophershow Nov 18 '19 at 21:00
  • No, you can't use from. – Michael Harvey Nov 18 '19 at 21:08

Comparative adjectives (e.g. taller, shorter, bigger, smaller, etc) are used with than. Not 'from'.

Comparative adjectives compare one person or thing with another and enable us to say whether a person or thing has more or less of a particular quality:

Josh is taller than his sister.

I’m more interested in music than sport.

Big cars that use a lot of petrol are less popular now than twenty years ago.

Comparison (Cambridge Dictionary)


preposition, conjunction

used to join two parts of a comparison

Than (Cambridge Dictionary)

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