Questions tagged [comparative-constructions]

For questions about expressing comparisons between two or more entities or groups. The comparison could be about degree, quantity, or quality. For example, "You're tall as your father." or "This one is better than that one."

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Whether or not to drop the subject after “than”

I wrote this sentence: The result of the treatment will be less effective than (that) would be achieved by aspirin being added. I have noticed that, in many sentences, the subject after than are ...
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Is “worse” correct in “His Chinese is no worse than mine”?

Given the following sentence, am I correct to input the word "worse" to fill in the blank and make the sentence understandable? I cannot speak Chinese very well, and he cannot either. His ...
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Comparing two qualities of the same thing

When we say, for example, "James is taller than Eric", we are comparing the same quality in two people. But are we allowed to use this structure to compare two qualities of the same thing? For example,...
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The correct comparative to use in this sentence

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that we used when comparing two nouns, pronouns or objects. We add either 'er' or more to the positive form to give us comparative. e.g Nice-nicer, handsome-more ...
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Less than versus fewer than

I completed my Doctoral Degree in less than four years. I completed my Doctoral Degree in fewer than four years. Are both the sentences correct and mean the same thing or one ...
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“(a) little less” in a sentence

John is eating a little less than usual. John is eating little less salt than usual. Are the expressions a little less and little less grammatical? Also, are there more cases in which different ...
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Regarding comparative form: the structure after 'than'

I found the following exercise in "Grammar Practice" (written by Penny Ur, p.122, 2016): Write sentences that express your own opinion, using the comparative form of the adjectives given. 1. ...
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On the meaning of this quote from Mr. Russell

Does Mr. Bertrand Russell's quote The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as ...
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How to use competitive for a group of people?

I want to say that 2-3 people are the most competitive, they are part for the same group. In theory "the most" is for a single. I do not know how to say for a group of people or characteristics. Is ...
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Easier accessible?

Is it correct to say “It is easier accessible”? I think the correct way is to say “It is accessible more easily” or “It is easier to access something”. I think that we cannot describe an ...
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“(the) most greatest” or “(the) greatest”

I'm a beginner so soory for my English. I don't know and couldn't find which one is right on the internet. Is"(the) most greatest" used by people? Or like, is it right to use that? I saw this in a ...
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More expensive than others

Let's imagine I have some boats with different prices. I am going to be selling them soon. I have gotten a person to buy one of them and he approached the boat I am selling for the highest price. Can ...
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The word 'like' before a verb and after a noun

I'm reading a book by Salman Rushdie (Shame) and came to such a sentence, where I'm not sure to which word the phrase with like refers. ...while that wind like the cough of a sick giant burned away ...
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The comparative construction of “bluff”

the comparative degree of bluff (having a open way of talking) is more bluff, Why? As a monosyllable, maybe it should be bluffer?
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Bluer or more blue in “its more blue offerings can get steamier”?

As I know, a monosyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with -er, while polysyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with word more. The problem is that I found an article that uses word ...
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Saying fraction with a noun

Consider a sentence like We consider a cluster only if the size of the cluster is at least 1/k of the size of its parent. How can we reword the sentence with a fraction + noun. Maybe something ...
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Comparison: which one is correct

Which of the following sentences is correct or more idiomatic for comparison between two things: The AUC (the area under curve) for the model A is greater than of the model B The AUC (the area under ...
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“… more suited.” vs “…more suitable.”

A student presented me this quiz question I am no longer satisfied with my job, and I would really like to find something more ______   A) attracting    C) suited  ...
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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Are “other than” and “different than” the same?

Rainbows can be other than they seem, and seem other than they are. From "Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation" by Roger Scruton. I am not sure if it's the case, but "other than" seem ...
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“As cool as ice” vs “cool as ice”

The examples: Meet Val Kilmer, who's cold as ice. Meet Val Kilmer, who's as cold as ice. Is the use of "as" in the first sentence grammatical? Why or why not? Does it retain the same ...
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Why can't I say 'I am much happy now'?

As far as I know, to use "much" with an adjective, the adjective has to be in comparative form. For example, much happier, much prettier, etc. And it is used with nouns; I don't have much time. I ...
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Does the phrase “more obvious” mean “just barely noticeable among many” in certain contexts?

Let me add some context here: In Frank Herbert’s Dune, there is this sentence: “I know the Dark Things and the ways of the Great Mother,” Jessica said. She read the more obvious signs in Mapes’ ...
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as little (+adjective) as

For example, one would normally say: I use make-up to look as beautiful as possible. But what if, perhaps to sound a little humorous, I said: I use make-up to look as little ugly as possible. ...
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“She is very envious of you…” vs “She is very envious that you…”

I stumbled upon this ELL question where the OP had a sentence She is very envious that you have more money than she does. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if I could rewrite it to any of these ...
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You're taller than (it) is described (Is the omission of 'it' obligatory?)

In an earlier question "You're taller than (is/are) described", there came up this issue of whether 'it' could be inserted as follows: a. You're taller than it is described. The grammar book that ...
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Can “more than” indicate degrees?

‎This tree is strange. The lower branches protrude from the trunk more than the upper branches (protrude). I created the above sentence. I want to know if this type of usage of "more than" is ...
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You're taller than (is/are) described

You're taller than described. I think 'be' is omitted between 'than' and 'described', right? If so, what's the correct form of 'be'? a. You're taller than are described. b. You're taller ...
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We are better than ever

When you mean "we (a couple) are in a better relationship than ever" by saying "We are better than ever", is "better" the comparative form of "good" or "well"? In other words, to express that we're ...
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You're causing more problems for yourself than you're solving (problems) for me

Someone is trying to solve problems, but the number of problems they're causing is more than that they're solving. Can you say either of these? (1) You're causing more problems than you're solving....
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I have to train harder than I am (training) now

I have to train harder than I am training now. I have to train harder than I do now. I have to train harder than now. Do these work? How about omitting 'training' here? I have to train ...
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word order in comparative construction

I wrote these myself: a. I'm feeling grumpier today than my husband was yesterday. b. I'm feeling grumpier today than was my husband yesterday. c. Today I'm feeling grumpier than ...
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The further you move away VS The further away you move

I am sorry for asking. There are plenty of similar questions and I know the structure of the more... the more: The + Comparative + Subject + Verb But I want to make sure that I write correctly. ...
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What does “more happy than surprised” mean, and why not use “happier than”?

Please tell me why people use comparative in this sentence. It is very strange to me. The parents were more happy than surprised at the study result of their son. Why don't they use "happier than ...
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Could you tell me If I can use the words “more strict” and “Most strict” instead of stricter and strictest?

I got confused with “ stricter and more strict”, strictest and most strict”. What is the rule about this or both are correct? Let me make a sentence with stricter Dan is stricter than Ryan about ...
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is it correct in grammar to compare a plural noun to a singular noun?

For example, "their salaries are higher than mine". Is this sentence grammatically correct? Or we have to say "each of their salaries is higher than mine"?
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To do to have something done … what is the difference?

A seven year-old Indian girl has complained to the police to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet in their home as promised. Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/...
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why can we say “faster than necessary” but not “closer than safe”

These crazy motorists were driving faster than necessary. grammatical And these a-holes were tailgating, getting much closer than safe, risking our lives. ungrammatical Why is "closer than safe" ...
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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“worse than it was” or “worse than what it was”

Don't blame me. I didn't make it worse than it was. This sentence sounds fine to me, as it looks analogous to another utterance I know to be idiomatic "It's worse than it looks". But I wonder if ...
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comparison - less variable than beef?

Typically, we compare two entities of the same sort, so that we say "John's hat is bigger than Peter's," not "John's hat is bigger than Peter" unless, of course, we are deliberately comparing a person'...
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Confusing about phrase which I should use after “than”

Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than in Poland. or Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than that in Poland. I always have the challenge with this ...
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As…as structure

I have a sentence like this: He hasn't travelled to as many places as me. He has travelled to as fewer places as me. Are these sentence correct? and Do they have the same meaning?
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The more … the more statement

I want to write the following sentence using the more ... the fewer statement. There are 50 soldiers and 5 missions to be carried out. If N soldiers are assigned to the missions, then 50-N ...
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more compared with someone?

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines come off worse as the following: to lose a fight, competition, etc. or suffer more compared with others I am wondering whether "compared with" can ...
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“within” or “during” which is appropriate for a comparative sentence?

Consider: The revolving door rotates 360 degrees. When the revolving door is in rotational position A corresponding to a rotation angle of 30 degrees, the force required to start turning it is five ...
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difference between twice as … as and twice more than [duplicate]

Do both of the following sentences have the same meaning? 1- My salary is twice higher than yours. 2- My salary is twice as high as yours.
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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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Which of the following sentences is correct? And what is the striking contrast among them?

Which of the following sentences is correct? And what is the striking contrast among them? 1) The richer you are , the happier you can be. 2) The richer you are, the happier you will be. ...
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X is more similar to Y compared to Z

Consider this sentence: X is more similar to Y compared to Z Which of these does this sentence mean? X is more similar to Y and less similar to Z The similarity of X to Y is more than the ...