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."

36 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
151 views

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....
2
votes
1answer
338 views

“He won't (likely) be… so much… as for…” How can I paraphrase it?

He won't likely be remembered so much for his accomplishments as for his character. Is this sentence similar to the following? He will be remembered for his character rather than for his ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
130 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
181 views

“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 ...
1
vote
1answer
285 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
10 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
34 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
20 views

“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? –...
0
votes
1answer
210 views

“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 ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

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 "...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
53 views

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"...
0
votes
1answer
637 views

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 “...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
94 views

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. ...
0
votes
0answers
154 views

“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 ...
0
votes
0answers
71 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Is more of a computer task correct?

Let's say my professor gives me a question in math requiring complicated programming. Then I want to tell her that it is 80% computer work. Is it correct to say that it is more of a computer task? ...
0
votes
0answers
148 views

“Passage linking that with this” vs “passage that links to this”

From our comprehension exercise book: In the breeding season the water-spider picks out the house of a likely-looking female and builds himself a cottage next door, and then presumably being of a ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

The distance in comparative constructions

Consider: Studies have shown those mothers who talk with their babies during pregnancy will make closer and warmer relationship with their babies during/in postpartum than others/those who don't. ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

What is the difference between the sentences?

I'm wondering the difference in meaning between these sentences. Or do they have the same meaning? Please explain to me. Jurong Bird Park is larger than any other bird park in Southeast Asia. ...
-1
votes
2answers
21 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
47 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
56 views

How to differentiate the different possible meanings of “Supporting” a team

Is there not a better, word for "support", when referring to "supporting a team". One sure must be able to differentiate between, supporting financially, supporting the causes the team stands for ...