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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Which form of adjective should be used? [duplicate]

In the following sentence which form of the adjective should be used? There were three four rooms in the hotel, the smallest/the smaller of which served as the gym. I think it should be the smallest ...
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Which one of these three versions is grammatical?

Arguably no other writer gave so much attention to detail as X did. Arguably no other writer gave so much attention to detail as X. Arguably no other writer gave so much attention to detail as did X....
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Which paraphrase is correct?

Being about the same size as a domestic chicken, the kiwi bird lays eggs that are very large in proportion to its body size. A) The eggs of the kiwi bird are much larger than those of a domestic ...
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How to understand the comparative structure “as … as …” and why isn't it “as … like …”?

“As” can be used with the meaning of “in the role of”. “Like” can be used to compare a thing with an other thing. But the sentence “I am as strong as an elephant.” doesn't mean that I'm in the role of ...
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How do I interpret “not X any more than Y”?

They do not relate to the present any more than they relate to the person. I came across this sentence from the book The Fire Next Time and just couldn’t understand it. Than would indicate some sort ...
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Understanding the negative comparison “I didn't want to see her any more than she wanted to see me”

While I was studying I saw a sentence but I can't understand it. Here is the sentence; As, I didn't want to see her any more than she wanted to see me I didn't mind when she told me so. I don't ...
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isn't comparative adjective OR isn't any comparative adjective

What's the difference between the following? Sam isn't more likeable than George. Sam isn't any more likeable than George.
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the accuracy of A vs. A is indeed accurate

First of all, I wanna thank everyone here and I felt so fortunate to find this wonderful forum. Here is my question. What's the difference between the sentences below in terms of implications and ...
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The difference between more crucial or more important

In the examples below it seems that using 'more important' is correct. Would you agree and why? If studying to be an engineer, it is obvious that studying calculus is more crucial than studying ...
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Adverbial modifier after than?

I read a sentence as follows from a book by a Harvard professor(born in the U.S.A.): Despite the fact that farming required more strenuous physical exertion than most urban jobs, the rural grain ...
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What does “as…as” mean in this sentence?

This sentence is taken from Chapter 1 of Barack Obama's new book 'A promised land': "It seemed like it sprang out of nowhere, as grassroots a political campaign as anything mordern politics had ...
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“not a + comparative and noun” or “no +noun+ comparative”

Is there any difference between: There is not a clearer explanation than yours on this matter. and There is no explanation clearer than yours on this matter. Are they both commonly used to express ...
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as much (…) as or (…) as much as

I know that 'as much/many as' act like adverb to show how much thing is compare to another. In my English book (English grammar in use by Raymond Murphy, Cambridge) there are some exercises to write a ...
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Construction of compound (or maybe complex) sentences with comparative adjectives in each clause

Could you, please, correct my sentences if they are incorrect? The more angry the Hulk gets, the stronger he is. The more people subscribe to my channel, the less I go out for walking (or go out ...
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Inversion in comparative sentences

I came across this sentence in my English textbook : They seem to vary in brain dominance more than do right handers. But I think a more grammatically correct sentence would be: They seem to vary ...
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when should I use how, what etc in “than” clauses

It made me see a bigger advantage of using wall hack than I thought before. Or It made me see a bigger advantage of using wall hack than what I thought before. (wall hack is a kind of hack in a ...
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Is decent amount a correct collocation?

In the following sentence, is "decent amount of money" a sensible and correct collocation? I have always dreamed of earning a decent amount of money to live my livelihood. Is it wordy to ...
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Ambiguity between “you are” and “you would be”

Is it possible in English to create ambiguity between the expressions "you are" and "you would be" as an equivalent of the Italian expressive construct "saresti"? This ...
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About a noun before a comparative

I'm 20 years old, and he is 22 years old. 'I'm 2 years younger than him' is a right sentence. What about 'I'm 20 years younger than him' meaning I'm 20 years old, but I am younger than him.
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The phrase “as much as I used to…”

Hello guys so I have a problem with an expression. So here are two sentences: I do not run as much as I used to. I do not run as much as I used to do. I don't know which one of the two phrase is ...
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How to structure a comparison sentence?

What are the rules for using comparison with a verb and preposition? Which of the sentences below is correct? (I need to) interact more with others using it Or (I need to) interact with others more ...
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“As infinitely many as…”?

The following sentence is from my discrete mathematics textbook: Each rational number has as infinitely many representations as a ratio. Is this correct? Are there various degrees of infinitely many, ...
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Can fat change into muscle, or not? What does “Fat cannot change into muscle any more than muscle can change into fat.” mean?

I have a problem with the interpretation of this sentence. Fat cannot change into muscle any more than muscle can change into fat. I guess that it would mean either 1 or 2 below. The change from ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “the more likely it would be to have a high intelligence”?

In double comparatives, is it grammatically correct to say The better capacity of logical thinking, the more likely it would be to have a high intelligence.
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The usage of “to be” in double comparatives?

I read when "be" is used in double comparative, it is sometimes omitted in the book of "Top Notch", like: The better the quality of health care (is), the higher the life ...
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Does it make sense to say something is as _ as something else is _ if the 2 adjectives are opposites?

Does it make sense or not to use this form… A is as X as B is Y …if X and Y are antonyms? For example "He is as tall as she is short" to say that he is very tall?
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all the other boxes vs the other boxes

For example, we have some boxes (A, B, C, D) in the room... If the second sentence is grammatically correct, what is the difference? Box A is bigger than all the other boxes. Box A is bigger ...
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“More” vs “More than that”

Is the first example correct and natural? Is it strictly necessary to state "more than that" in this context? How much did your shoes cost? ₤60? – No, more. How much did your shoes cost? ₤60? –...
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What is the comparative and superlative form of “super”?

I need a little help about how to form comparative and superlative degree for the word "super". I found on a website as super is used for comparative and superlative degree as well. And I also learnt ...
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“than compared to” or “than that of” in comparative?

I got stuck by the following sentence, which can be found here: If we generate the column proportions, we can see that a higher fraction of plain text emails are spam(209/1195 = 17.5%) than ...
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Comparative degree usage

She is beautiful than mary. She is more beautiful than mary. Are both sentences correct and have same meaning? If not, what is the difference in their meaning?
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Can I say “less bigger” or “more weaker” and similar phrases?

Suppose that A is bigger than B B is bigger than C Now, is it fine if I say, Compared to A, B is less bigger than C? If so, in this context, can I remove the first part in the almost formal ...
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Clause after “Than” in comparatives?

Can I use a clause after Than? You are better than when you were yesterday. People have more chances of dying when they don't fasten their seatbelts than when they do. You're faster than ...
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Which is the principal clause here? [closed]

We know the expression, "The more . . . the more" expresses that the two things vary together. A comma separates the two clauses : "The more you have, the more you want". Each part is ...
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Should I add “are” after Women in this sentence? Or adding “are” is redundant?

Original sentence: Well-Off White men are 3 times more likely than women to get job Interviews Edited one: Well-Off White men are 3 times more likely than women are to get job Interviews Adding "...
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The ambiguous meaning of “He is better.”

In A Comprehensive Grammar of The English Language, 7.77 comparison of good, well and ill, it says: He is better. is ambiguous between: (a) He is well again. (b) He is less ill. I can only ...
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Is “ing” needed here? “I felt busy than work(ing) from home”

May I know which sentences is correct? I am working from home but with my kids at home, I felt busy than working from office. I am working from home but with my kids at home, I felt busy than work ...
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Is object X *like* object Y if X=Y?

Imagine we have two names, X and Y, which describe the same object. If X and Y are identical in every possible way, and therefore X=Y, is X is like Y. a true statement?
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As far away from London as my city is from it

While talking about distance between cities I couldn’t understand how to use “as far away as” . This is why I needed to write to sentence to be corrected if I am wrong Your city is as far away from ...
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Why do we use much prettier but not much interesting?

Here is the passage from the text I've just read: I think this material is much prettier than that, don't you? Well, the design is more interesting and the colors are brighter. I wonder, can ...
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Usage of Comparative : as … as

Consider the following sentence : Tom is as tall as Mary. This sentence uses comparative, as ... as. Here, Tom and Mary are evenly matched. In the following sentence, we used as ... as. But I want to ...
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In the same way or In the same way as

Which sentences are correct? a) He looks at you in the same way Rick does. b) He looks at you in the same way as Rick does. c) He looks at you as Rick does. Is there any difference between “...
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Which Sentence is correct?(comparison of adjectives)

I am going to write a sentence including the word "height". It must mean that one thing is as high as the other one. Which Sentence is true? "A" has as much height as "B"...
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Which of the following is correct? “as I/me/mine”

She has the same religious beliefs as I. (I do) She has the same religious beliefs as me. (sounds wrong) She has the same religious beliefs as mine. (just how you say "she has the same car ...
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“In two times less” as a means of comparision

How should I compare the population of the countries, in this case Russia and the UK? Like this? Britain is much smaller in sizes than Russia, however, its population is only in two times less. ...
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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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