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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“More handsome” or “handsomer”?

Let's start from what I know as a rule: Bisyllabic adjectives normally have their comparative and superlative forms by putting more and the most before the adjective itself. There are some exceptions ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to say “That building is getting more and more higher.”?

I'm not sure if it's correct to say "more and more higher" because "more and more expensive" is possible. But as you can see, in the second example the comparative form of the ...
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Why is the past perfect tense used in the following sentence?

from The Economist (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/08/25/the-way-forward-on-immigration-to-the-west?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2018/08/23n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/na/146317/n) A sensible approach ...
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Is “more better” ungrammatical?

I want to find out whether these sentences are grammatically incorrect: It is more better than your book or It is far more better than your book
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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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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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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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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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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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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 “the most *noun*s” correct?

Example sentences: I want the crate that contains the highest number of apples. I want the crate that contains the most apples. Is sentence 2 correct and with the same meaning as 1? If not, is there ...
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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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“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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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 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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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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becoming a more popular“ or ”becoming more populars

Can someone explain what is the error here in below sentence? Nowadays, several types of music genres, including, rock, hip-hop, R&B and country are becoming more popular across the world and ...
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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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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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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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“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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“three times as much as” vs. “three times more”

1. She earns three times as much as I. 2. She earns three times more than I. Are these two sentences grammatically correct?
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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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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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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) 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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use comparative adjective for compound adjectives

Can I use comparative adjective for compound adjectives? For example, Caged birds are longer-lived birds than the ones in the wild.
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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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