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I saw some sentences using "wider and wider".but at times , i cannot get the part of speech or something like function of this phrase.

OP 1."Wolf's trot broke into a run, wider and wider were the leaps he made"

2."The application areas for photo electronic technology are becoming wider and wider

3."In recent years, the use of computers wider and wider in every field"

In these examples i posted , i only understand the second one.coz the usage of be/become+wider and wider" makes more sense than "sentence+wider and wider"

Can i situate this phrase within whatever position i want?.Does it function as either an adjective or an adverb?

Frankly,there are more examples using that phrase apart from the three OPs i mentioned.and i find the usage way too casual.

  • Yes, it does (act as an adjective or adverb). Your example (3) is missing a predicate in the main clause. In it "use" is the subject. – Victor Bazarov Sep 13 '15 at 12:09
  • By the way, if you mean "option", you should spell it out, or use "opt.", rather than using "OP"; on this forum, we use "OP" to mean Original Poster (that is, you, the one who posted the question.) – Brian Hitchcock Sep 13 '15 at 12:23
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"wider and wider" is a word group, not a word class. In the word group you have the word "wider", an adjective in comparative form and the word "and", a conjunction.

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First of all, number 3 is not a sentence; it has no verb.

Sentence 1 is correct grammatically, but we (AmE) would say his "steps" were "longer", not his "leaps" were "wider".

Sentence 2, as you guessed, is correct.

It functions as an adjective, usually as a predicate adjective. It does matter where you put it, as with any adjective, so as to make clear what it modifies. So it would not be optimal to write, for example:

  • Wider and wider, she saw him open his eyes. (she is not getting wider!)

But in spoken English, the above would be correctly understood.

(I'm sure there are cases where placement would be more critical, but can't think of any at the moment)

  • In the first example,why it uses inversion? I mean,(wider and wider were the leaps he made)..or maybe it's an non-restrictive attributive clause? – 오준수 Sep 13 '15 at 17:40
  • Could you tell me the non-abbreviated form of first example? Would it be like (wolf's trot broke into a run,which were the steps he made longer and longer?)... – 오준수 Sep 13 '15 at 17:43

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