I accidentally came across these two phrases, and wondered if they were both correct. I particularly “struggled” with “more keenly that”… It didn’t feel right to me.

What do you think? What is the difference?

Then, I did some research and found two example sentences for both.

▪️... few communities are watching the unfolding drama more keenly that in Berwick, a town of 12,000 people just four kilometres from the border ... ▪️ This compulsion to record and account is felt nowhere more keenly that in the State Archives of Palermo, housed in a building usually closed ...

🔸 Few questions in historical geography have been more keenly discussed than that of the first discovery of Guinea by the navigators of modern Europe. 🔸 Nowhere was the result felt more keenly than in Mexico.

Thank you for your feedback. I look forward to reading your comments,

Yours faithfully,

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Than and that are completely different words. In your first two examples, that is clearly a typo for than - the phrase more keenly than compares the degree of 'keen-ness' shown by two people or groups. There us no such expression as more [adverb] that.

  • Thank you very much Kate for making that clear to me. I came across those typos and it brought confusion and uncertainty in my mind. Thanks again,
    – Le Condor
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 12:20

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