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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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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Is "I wish I could write half as well as you can" correct?

I think I read a similar expression somewhere before, but Google is not helping me. I'm looking for a sentence that means "I would be happy if I could write 50% as well as you can", does it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 compared ...

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