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You will live the closer to the grace of God for your full dedication to the Bible. (George Smith)

What is this "the closer"? Why "the?"

  • Google is telling me: No results found for "You will live the closer to the grace of God". It could be a typo; perhaps the author meant: "You will live all the closer to the grace of God...", as the phrase "all the closer" is idiomatic. – J.R. May 25 '14 at 19:22
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    @user10365, you should put those references in your question. – J.R. May 25 '14 at 22:41
  • Also, when you add these links to your question, please try to use working links. – snailboat May 26 '14 at 4:49
  • My comment now appears strange because you deleted the one I was replying to. The reason I wrote it is because you did post a link, but it was broken. – snailboat May 27 '14 at 4:44
  • So I see. victorianlondon.org/etexts/dickens/mutual-0007.shtml – user2492 May 27 '14 at 4:49
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the ad-formCOMPARATIVE for nominal

(I use ad-form to designate an adjectival or adverbial).

This is a literary construction which you probably will not encounter as often in conversation as, say, fifty years ago. It signifies that nominal is the cause of ad-form being COMPARATIVE: that is, more whatever-it-is.

She went the more willingly for his accompanying her. = She was more willing to go because he accompanied her.

A long time ago we didn’t have this social networking and I must say I was the happier for it. = I was happier because we didn’t have social networking.

We will certainly catch up to them tomorrow—and travel all the faster for a night’s rest. = We will travel faster because we will get a night’s rest.

Your author is saying that your dedication to the Bible will cause you to live closer to the grace of God.

  • But the construction sited in OP is a bit different to the one you mentioned in your post. OP says ** the closer to the grace of God**, but you say there should be a for instead of to. So what is the difference? – Man_From_India May 26 '14 at 0:53
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    @Man_From_India I think it's the closer to the grace of God for your full dedication to the Bible. As it happens, closer has a complement in this particular example, but the for is still there, just a little bit later on. – snailboat May 26 '14 at 5:29

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