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“More an X” vs. “More of an X”?

Are the following sentences grammatical? a. He is more a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense. b. They are more poets than novelists in the traditional sense. c. He is more of a ...
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I prefer getting up early (rather) than rushing at the last minute

As written in the title: I prefer getting up early rather than rushing at the last minute. Why do I have to include ''rather" when it already makes sense if you omit the 'rather' word. So it goes ...
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When can two pronouns being compared in a sentence be of different types?

I came across a sentence on one of the pages on stackexchange today - He resents your being more popular than he is I always thought that while comparing two pronouns they should always be of the ...
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What is the correct form (using a comparative adjective) of the sentence 'no other planet is so big as Jupiter'?

No other planet is bigger than Jupiter. or Jupiter is bigger than any other planet. Which of these is the 'correct form', using a comparative adjective, of the following sentence? No other ...
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“Wronger” and “wrongest” Vs. “more wrong” or “most wrong”

According to what I learnt, there are short and long adjectives. Short adjectives: one syllable. Long adjectives: two / three / four syllables. All of those short adjectives (one syllable) get ...
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Is “more than 2” includes 2?

In technical document in English, I read sentence of "more than 2". I usually just understand it as "two or more" since we generally translate it as similar sentence in Korean. (in Korean, there are ...
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Can after “the more…the more…” be a noun, not a noun phrase?

Google Translate gives me this sentence: He himself felt helpless in communicating, as the more he said the wrong way. It's not "the more wrong it is", it's just plainly "the wrong way". But since ...
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Comparative after or before the noun

I have normally seen people invert the placement of the adjective and put them after the noun when the adjective is a comparative one: I have good hair - I have hair better than his I would like to ...
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When can we use “the” with comparatives?

I have already found in a book this rule: The comparative structure includes the only when the comparative takes a noun position, example: I like the smaller of the two. May you ...
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Is such writing okay in the sentence?

We don't have to worry much, for with as so small an amount as is in his possession he won't go far and we'll eventually catch him. I've made up this sentence and I'd like to know if the "for with as ...
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Comparative or superlative with plural

Let's sat I have a set of 10 different positive numbers. I want to pick the 4 with the smaller (or smallest?) value. Should I say "the four smaller values" or "the four smallest values"? In other ...
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comparison: is “faster than I thought” correct? [closed]

In a grammar book I find this question: Find the mistake The car run faster than I thought. Does this sentence have a grammar mistake? I guess not. Edit: I thought "run" is in the simple past ...
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Can strong adjectives have comparative and superlative?

I learnt that strong adjectives are "ungradable" so for example the adjective enormous can't be used with intensifiers such as very, slightly, a little, a bit, extremely, terribly, etc. So I wonder if ...
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Question about comparative adjective

The question is about filling the blank with the best answer. (with the word given in the parentheses) 1. An eagle flies ........... a sparrow (high) a. Higher Than b. More Highly than ...
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Is it grammatical to use a comparative form with a definite article?

A: Whose book is this? Yours? B: Oh, it's Mark's. Mine is -----. I know * Mine is thinner.* is correct. How about Mine is the thinner. Is it grammatical to add the article? Thanks a lot.
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your better life

Can one say: When he sees your better life, he will be jealous. Instead of: When he sees your life, which is better than his, he will be jealous. Can one say: When he sees your better house,...
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Which is right between these two sentences? “much easier” vs. “more easily”

The children learn a new language much easier than adults. The children learn a new language more easily than adults. I think 2 is right because easy modifies the verb, so it needs to be written ...
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Comparison of weight, quantity & number

Why don't we use comparative degree when the sentence is with 'times'? see the below sentences : My book is three times as cheap as yours. (NOT 'three times cheaper than yours') Your income is ...
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Positive, comparative, superlative and… is there a fourth?

I'm wondering whether English has something beyond its superlative degree. In my language we call that "túlzófok", it literally translates to "exaggerative degree." I'm wondering because I often hear ...
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Prettier a flower

Is This one is prettier a flower than a rose. acceptable? Or am I not allowed to invert it and have to say This one is a prettier flower than a rose. ?
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Is using “madder” grammatically correct?

I've seen in several occasions many people using the comparative adjective "madder". Like in saying "I'm mad at him. But if he didn't ask I'll be even madder." This "madder" just doesn't sound ...
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This book is comparatively cheap/cheaper than that one

I am confused at the usage of (comparatively+than). Please guide.
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word that describes advantages being “surpassed” or “exceeded” by disadvantages

For instance, a sports car might have all the technology and power but the high cost is its disadvantage compared to an average car. So "However, the advantage of high technology and power is _____ed ...
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Are there other ways to say “The store is farther from the motel than we expected.”?

The store is farther from the motel than we expected. As the comparative form "farther" is a bit distant from "than" in the above sentence, it doesn't sound intuitive in relation with "than we ...
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Usage of “compared to” [closed]

Which can I say? The price of A is higher compared to B. or The price of A is higher compared to the price of B.
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Can I say “Put 3 times the amount of water than soybeans”?

Can I say: Put 3 times the amount of water than soybeans. Or: Put 3 times water than soybeans. Put 3 times cups of water than soybeans. Put 3 times the amount of water as soybeans. Put 3 times as ...
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Twice as short, twice as cheap, twice as slow?

Is it grammatically correct to say: This book is twice as expensive as that one. That book is twice as cheap as this one. This rope is twice as long as that one. That rope is twice as ...
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Do monosyllabic past participles used as adjectives follow the comparative and superlative rules about adding -er/-est suffixes?

This question showed up in my Writing part of F.C.E. test when I wrote TV is the most bought electric household appliance In that moment, I wondered whether boughtest is the correct form instead ...
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“much more” or “far more”?

1: What is difference between "much more" or "far more"? 2: Is the incorrect sentence, below I mentioned, really wrong? 3: If so, how should I use "much more" or "far more"? Incorrect: Since her ...
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Help understanding the differences between more than/about and most/all of

I am very confused when doing homework because there are four sentences which are really alike but my teacher said that they are different and I still don't understand why. "More than three-...
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How to use “more” as adjective and adverb

Where should I use more as adjective (comparative) and adverb? Sometimes, it seems like Mary does things only to make it more inconvenient for her husband to have a good time when he’s out with his ...
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“The most rude” or “the rudest”?

Rude comparative ruder superlative rudest But the most rude is applied in the following title: The Most Rude, ill-Mannered, and Humiliating Plays in NBA History! Can we use both forms for any ...
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Exclusion in formation of comparative statements

I was going through the topic "formation of comparative and superlative". The rule says When two objects are compared with each other, the latter term of comparison must exclude the former, ...
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“…than there are” vs “than”

I'd like to know which one of these sentences are grammatically correct. Is there any difference in meaning between them? There are more cars than there are people in this country. There are more ...
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Is it correct to say “with less”?

When I want to refer to something (which has the least amount of something), is it correct to say "with less"? For example: The house with less windows in the town.
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Near, Nearer, Nearest

a) Take me to a near station. b) Take me to a nearer station than that station. c) Take me to the nearest station. I believe a) is not used but b) and c) are. I want to hear a good explanation if ...
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“Early” vs “earlier” this morning / this month

While I was reading some various text below two things came up over and over like them in a rule. Early this morning (Ex. 4~5 AM) Earlier this month (Ex. 1~5 Nov.) If "early" and "earlier" were ...
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“The pain is less now than it was 5 hours ago” or should it be “lesser”?

The pain is less now than it was 5 hours ago Shouldn't it be "The pain is lesser now than it was 5 hours ago"?
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'more preferred' versus 'preferable'

Which of the following two sentences is correct? a) Which of the two boxes is preferable ? b) Which of the two boxes is more preferred? I think it should be a) because Oxford dictionary ...
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“such that” & “such as to”, “so…that” &“so…as to”, “such…that” &“such …as to”

If the subjects of the main clause and the subordinate clause are the same, we could simplify "such that" to "such as to", for example 1a Her voice was such that it made everyone stare. → 1b ...
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is “little such [noun]” acceptable?

Can "little" be used to modify "such + noun"? Does "little such care" sound natural to you? Thank you very much!
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What does this quote mean? BY SHAW [closed]

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites. compared with the number and voracity of man's parasites, man considers himself rich?
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Help parse “There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks…”

Consider: There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks and traditional audits. It's not just about the employees you don't know; some of the biggest crimes are committed ...
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Parallel constructions in “than” sentences

Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And ...
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Tom is taller than I?

In this question, in one of the comment threads the following was stated Tom is taller than me" or "Tom is taller than I am" — both are correct. "Tom is taller than I" is WRONG` (link) Which I'...
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More easily or most easily

I know when to use an adjective as comparative or superlative. Example - This is an easy job. This is easier than the previous one. This is the easiest. And when this way, we can't ...
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As fast as Or As fast?

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar And ...
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The nuance of 'young' and 'younger' in this context

While reading Swan's Practical English Usage, I came across this sentence I don't do much sport now, but I did play football when I was younger. Why comparative younger? Simply young could have ...
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Question about use of the words 'than' and 'revise' in this context

Very confusing. Why did the writer use the word than here? We usually say more than. I do not have problem with it. That is comparative. But my two concerns: Is this comparative in this case? If ...
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Why is “with” not used here?

The sun rises earlier and earlier each day and sets later and later, so that the business man upon returning from his office can enjoy reading the evening news with the same degree of comfort that he ...