She was more excited about getting candy than seeing Santa.
- How is 'seeing' functioning here?
- How to analyse 'than seeing Santa', is it a phrase or clause?
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Seeing is a gerund, which is essentially a noun made from a verb. Literally, "seeing" means "the act of perceiving with the eyes", but in this case it's slightly more metaphorical and means "visiting".
Than is a conjunction, in this case a function word used to compare two different things. Than seeing Santa Claus is a phrase, since it doesn't have its own subject and verb.