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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Omission of verbs in 'the more... the more...' construction

Recently I found the following phrase in an English guide book: In all regions except Southeast Asia it can be seen that the higher the consumption of cigarettes, the higher the tobacco-related ...
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"ten more percent" or "ten percent more" in a sentence

He is determined to get _______ of the profit than he has been offered. Should I put "ten percent more" or "ten more percent" in the blank? Or, either is fine? Thanks!
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Are these "not only...but..."structures right or wrong and why?

I have been taught that the same parts of speech should be used in "not only..but...". However, Vanessa used these examples and I was puzzled. Example 1. It is not only difficult to find a ...
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"than is introversion"

I came across this sentence from a psychology article: "If extraversion is so much more beneficial (at least superficially) than is introversion, then why isn't everyone an extravert?" (...
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Is "far + adjective + than" a correct variant of "far more + adjective + than"?

Starting from a locution similar to "far more dangerous than...", I wonder if the "more" can be omitted, as in "far dangerous than". I suspect that's not standard English,...
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Comparison with as and than in the same sentence

For Chips, in any social or academic sense, was just as respectable, but no more brilliant, than Brookfield itself. (Ref. Novella Chips, Chapter # 2 ) In this sentence there is a comparison between ...
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Confusion with more

Read the following sentences. He has more useful information. The sentence meant that the information was more useful. If I want to tell the information is more, what do I say? I think I have more ...
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A question about a comparative construction

I have known that an adjective of a positive degree is always omitted in a subordinate clause of a comparative sentence like the following *He is taller than I am (tall) I happened upon a phrase ...
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than (what/those)

This is a more carefully researched article than I have read this semester. This is a more carefully researched article than what I have read this semester. This is a more carefully researched ...
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Question on comparative constructions

Which of the following is preferred? Please let me know if the answer varies between spoken and written English. 1- The death rates for women are lower than men at all ages. 2- The death rates for ...
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It is the first time I have done something and I did it for the first time. Which is grammatical?

There's this construction in English: It is the first (second, third etc.) time I have done something. It was the first (second, third etc.) time I had done something. So I'm wondering whether the ...
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Why is ( the better the job ) = the correct choice?

Why is ( the better the job ) = the correct answer ? The more I know, ....... I will get. the better job the better the job ( the correct choice ) more job ' Link : https://www.grammar-quizzes....
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What does 'did' refer to?

What is your favorite color? Do you often wear fashion items in that color? As for me, my favorite color is green, but I felt it did not go well with my skin tone, so I used to avoid wearing it. One ...
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He wrote more novels than she (wrote) songs

He wrote 5 novels, and she wrote 4 songs. I think you can say: a. He wrote more novels than she wrote songs. b. He wrote more novels than she did songs. Since the verb is repeated, can you omit it? ...
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(All the/None the/Any the/Much the) + comparatives

This topic is taken from Advanced Oxford Grammar by M. Swan. I'm just struggling as to how to use them and literally translate them into my native language sense. Some online dictionaries label them ...
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Construction of comparative sentences

Which of the following is correct/preferred? 1- Some have better chances of joining the final group than do others. 2- Some have better chances of joining the final group than others. Does the ...
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more than it did before

a. What you did right now will separate us more than before. Can one use (a) if the intended meaning is b. What you did right now will pull us further apart. ? My problem is that 'more than before' ...
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Agreement in comparative clause

Those men actually run faster than have/has been expected. Someone argued that the verb should agree with "those men", thus taking the plural form. But I think the understood subject of ...
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Omission in Comparative clause

everyone. He dances better than sings. I have doubts on the omission of a subject after "than". Can I say it as a shortening of: He dances better than he sings. Thanks if you would help.
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Comparative clause

I was watching a movie where The main character said to his friend "I am disturbed to find that I had more of a childhood than you did." Why he said 'you did' after 'than' normally we use '...
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How to say that something is really important in general, but not as important as other things?

Although learning a foreign language is really important, it plays a subordinate role in children's life compared with other components of education such as social skills, intellect and craftsmanship. ...
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Comparison between quantities of several things

For academic writing, which of these three comparative styles is preferred, or more correct? The mantle velocity of the China Craton is around 8 Km/s, similar to the typical cratons. The mantle ...
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How to rephrase a long comprative sentence

I am trying to state a comparative argument in a long sentence for an academic paper. I don't want to split it. Is there any way for shortening it? Is it always necessary to use "those of the&...
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Is "as much as" used correctly in this sentence?

Is the following sentence correct and clear? The report shows that 7 to 10 years old children eat almost as much greasy food as 10 to 13-year-olds. Is the following a better version? Does it mean ...
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"In England it isn’t so cold as in Russia." vs "England isn’t so cold as Russia." vs "It's not so cold in England as it is in Russia."

In England it isn’t so cold as in Russia. England isn’t so cold as Russia. It's not so cold in England as it is in Russia. Are all of the sentences fine? As I understand it, the third version is the ...
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Does "as, well, as" mean "as well as" or "as"?

The context In fact, those people were probably disappointed when they saw another show that didn’t contain something as, well, as elaborate or exciting. Sentence A. when they saw another show that ...
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Meaning of "I'm harder to forget than I was to leave."

In Taylor Swift's I bet you think about me, a lyrical line says I'm harder to forget than I was to leave. I've been thinking about the meaning for a while and come up with the following explanation: ...
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the closer humans get to them

How do you analyze "the closer humans get to them" in relation to the rest of the sentence? I thought it requires a comparative in the main clause, but there's none. Have you ever heard a ...
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Using fewer or less in a sentence

There were no less than (= as many as) a thousand people buying tickets. In the sentence above, does "less" work as an adverb modifying "were"? There were no fewer than a ...
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more than usually

Can one use (a) instead of (b)? a. He worked more rapidly than usually. b. He worked more rapidly than he usually does. I use (b). I am not sure (a) is correct.
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What is the syntactic function of 'more' in this sentence?

With more than $3 billion in box-office revenue, these fan-favorites rank among the highest-grossing films of all time. In the highlighted text, how do we parse this? Thinking about it, I can only ...
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distinguish between a determiner and an adverb

I like the film more than the book first, more is an adverb in the sentence She earns a lot more than I do. second, more is a determiner in the second sentence. How can I find the difference of the ...
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Have I used "those of" correctly i this sentence?

Is the second part of the following sentence clear? I mean to say that owners of the vacant houses have to pay more tax. In my country, the landlords whose houses are occupied by a tenant are not ...
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The word order of a comparative phrase seems strange

I have seen the following paragraph in some article: One can imagine a computer simulation of the action of peptides in the hypothalamus that is accurate down to the last synapse. But equally one can ...
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What does the prepositional phrase 'than him' modify in this example?

She is a smarter person than him. In this example, what does 'than him' modify? I know that this is a comparative adjective, but the grammatical reasoning eludes me. Is the prepositional phrase ...
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comparing things that are long to tell?

In the following sentence I am comparing two things: There is no comparison between a solicitor who works in a lower court in countries like Australia and Britain and an advocate in a US court of law....
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Is “the holiest of all other rivers” correct?

Everyone agrees that the Yamuna is the holiest of all other rivers of the world. I think it is correct. But some people are saying that it should be Yamuna is holier than any other river of the world....
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What is exact meaning of "fewer than" concerning numbers

Letters: These are short submissions that contain important new results and are intended for faster publication. Letters are given priority handling. While there is no page limit, typical letters are ...
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No worse or not worse?

I am going to say I'm better than my friend. What do I say if I want to use the negative sentence? I no worse than you. I am not worse than you. I am no worse than you. I have my doubt because I'm ...
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The white car is ____ more expensive than the green

The white car is _________ more expensive than the green (Options: very, pretty, fairly, slightly). The answer given is slightly. Could you explain why this option is given as the correct one and ...
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fewer than he actually had

a. John said Jane had given him less money than she actually had. b. Tim said that Jim had dated fewer women than he actually had. Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
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more than you have had dinners

a. He has read more books than you have had dinners. Meaning: The numbers of the books he has read is greater than the number of dinners you have had. Is (a) grammatically correct? It is supposed to ...
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Does the phrase "one time more likely" exist?

So far I have only found usage examples which show the difference in amount of two things by two or more degree, for example She earns five times as much as I do. Smokers are 10 times more likely to ...
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'It's better/worse as compared with (something)' [duplicate]

My student said the first sentence below, which is a construction I hear fairly often from students. I've searched the data base for an answer, but couldn't find anything similar to what my student ...
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Some Odd Word Order in The Comparison Structure As...As

As we know, in the structure as...as the first as modify the adjective or adverb that goes after it. We can also use a noun modified by an adjective in the structure; for example, They have as much ...
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"were dumb as" similar to "were as dumb as"?

If they were as dumb as him, we would have a bigger mess in our hands. If they were dumb as him, we would have a bigger mess in our hands. I thought the second was completely fine until I used Google ...
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Adverbs "yet", "still", and "even" used with comparisons

The three adverbs: a) share the common meaning "to a greater degree or extent; b) when used in comparing two or more things, may be either preceded or followed by the article, e.g. "a (an) ...
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How to distingush the meaning of comparative sentences

My apologize if the tittle is little confusing. So let's just focus on these couple examples: I've never been on a bumpier plane ride. Options: a. The flight was bumpy b. The flight wasn't bumpy ...
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Should “much” be omitted in “as much sarcastic as I am”?

Is it grammatically correct to write a sentence like this: I enjoy spending my time with people who are as much sarcastic as I am. Or the “much” should be omitted?
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Is this a comparative correlative and does it need a comma?

It seems that most conventional examples of comparative correlative, e.g. The further you go, the harder it gets. can be transformed in the following way: It gets (the) harder[,] the further you go....

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