The top gets higher, the more that I climb.

It's from a song.

Shouldn't it be "the higher the top gets, the more I climb"?

  • What is wrong in the first place? – Nihilist_Frost Nov 19 '15 at 17:09
  • Shouldn't it be "the higher the top gets, the more I climb"? – user5402 Nov 19 '15 at 17:09
  • That needs to be incorporated into the question itself, whatever. You can do that through the edit link beneath the question. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 19 '15 at 17:36

No "The top gets higher, the more that I climb." is correct. It means as I make progress, the goal changes and is now farther away.

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  • I thought the sentence should of of the form "the more something gets, the more I do something". It's the first time I see this form. – user5402 Nov 19 '15 at 18:01
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    @whatever - That would mean something different. For example, "The pig gets fatter the more that I feed it" is not the same as "The fatter the pig gets, the more I feed it." The first one means "I feed the pig more, and as a result, it gets fatter." The second one means "As the pig gets fatter, I keep feeding it more." I realize that this is a difficult and subtle point for a new speaker of English! – stangdon Nov 19 '15 at 18:12
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    So the song means "the more I climb the higher the top gets" written in an unconventional way. – user5402 Nov 19 '15 at 18:13
  • @whatever - Yes, now you have it! – stangdon Nov 19 '15 at 18:34

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