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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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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 ...
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use of adverb: as tight as or tight as much as

We write: Then tie this part as tight as you want. And we also write: Then tie this part tight as much as you want. Is the first one more natural than the second one?
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is “Cleaner the room is Healthier it will be” grammatically correct?

Is this correct if I write "Cleaner the room is Healthier it will be". Is it saying If my room is cleaner today, it will improve my health in future (as there is 'Healthier it will be'). If so, ...
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“It's so X as Y” Vs. “It's as X as Y”

I learnt that the structure of comparative sentence is between two "as". For example: It is as big as an elephant. He is as clever as Einstein. She is as nice as her brother. Now my ...
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Phrase question [closed]

I will hit on your face I will hit in your face which one is correct I will slap on your face I will slap in your face which one is correct I will say on your face I will say to your face which one ...
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Verb question query

As a 13-year-old in a boarding school, I would sit in my dorm room with my friends flipping through old-battered copies of Vogue, talking about how one day we would all be featured in the magazine. ...
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“It more makes sense that he's there” Vs. “It makes sense more, that he's there”

What's the correct choice among the following choices? I have a doubt about where to place the adjective "more" in this verbal sentence (unlike in nominative sentences that I know that I have to put ...
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How to use “outperforms” in a comparative structure?

In your hand every day is a device that a thousand times outperforms the computer that drove Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, yet hardly one acknowledges it, let alone fully appreciate it. So far I've ...
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Why do we need the first “as” in comparative structures like “The apple is *as* big as a watermelon.”

Why do we need the first "as" in the sentence "The apple is -as- big as a watermelon."? What's wrong in saying "The apple is big as a watermelon" in the same meaning of "The apple is as big as ...
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“Sooner forgotten” Why is it not “soon forgotten”?

I came across a line when reading Alice Munro's stories: Another possible reason for his growling dislike has just occurred to me, and it’s odd that I didn’t think of it before. We were both flawed,...
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“The better of the chances”: Why not “better chances”?

I ran into a sentence on a sports site: The home side dominated possession in the first half and created the better of the chances, with Inter reduced to taking potshots from distance in order to ...
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a better company than…vs a company better than

You can build a better company than he ever did. You can build a company better than he ever did. I know # 1 works, but does #2 work as well? If #2 works, does it mean the same thing as #1? ...
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Parallelism in comparison

Is it correct to say: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend. Or should it be: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend is. If we omit the is, is the first ...
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How to write a comparison result correctly in simple sentence

I have two methods. The first method needs 30 steps to be done. The second method needs only 10-15 steps. I would like to compare the steps that each method needed to be done. Here is my sentence: ...
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Syntax of the Comparative Clause Construction in English

I'm reading Syntax of the Comparative Clause Construction in English by Joan W. Bresnan. The author says: The comparative clause construction in English is almost notorious for its syntactic ...
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You're stronger than I am vs You're stronger than me [duplicate]

Those things are correct gramatically? What's the difference? My girlfriend and I went to the beach and I threw her in the water and she said "You're stronger than I am." I think that "You're ...
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than is thought by

New research involving tiger salamanders indicates that the traditional theory of natural selection is more strongly supported by the evidence than is thought by those who consider only the case ...
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less happy or less happier?

I think it is grammatically correct to say She is not happier than her sister but, with the adverb less, I should say She is not less happy than her sister. 1) She is not less happy than her ...
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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 ...