In a dictionary, I happen to stumble upon a phrase:
bacteria magnified to 1000 times their actual size
I think “than” was omitted from the phrase, but I'm not sure. I want to know the structure of the phrase as well.
First, I have assumed that NP (or DP) is analyzed in PP like the followings.
[to [1000 times their actual size]NP(or DP)]PP
[1000 times(quantifier) their(determiner) actual(adjective) size(noun)] NP(or DP)
The preposition to means as far as something.
Am I right?
Second, I try to put than in the phrase:
[bacteria [magnified to 1 000 times]AP]NP [than their actual size]PP.
Here is the meaning of than:
Than is used as a function word to indicate difference of kind, manner, or identity, which is used especially with some adjectives and adverbs that express diversity.
E.g. anywhere else than at home
Which one is right? In addition, which test is there in syntax for those for whether or not those are correct?