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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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"More" and "most" with some adjectives

I rarely come upon adjectives being used strangely in comparative constructions. Take the adjective "silent", sometimes I hear "more silent" and "most silent" although it isn't logical in any sense. ...
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What pronoun to use in comparisons?

Which of the following sentences is correct and why? I replied a day earlier than she did. I replied a day earlier than her. If both of them are correct, what is stylistic better?
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Can we invert comparative sentences?

In Russian we can easily invert comparative sentences but I'm having doubts about whether it is possible in English. In Russian this works due to different comparatives "Чем" и "Тем". Чем выше ...
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Why should the word "I" be replaced with "me" in this sentence? [duplicate]

Question is Identify grammatical errors in this sentence. Sentence: Though I am elder than my Brother by five years, he is more successful in life than me. My Lecture told me word than should ...
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Do all these sentences sound natural to you? Or do you see any differences in meaning?

I am a Japanese and studying English again to be a teacher of English. However, since I am not a native English speaker, I don't have any "intuition" to judge whether these sentences sound natural or ...
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They kill as many people as not: what words are omitted?

I found the following sentence: they kill as many people as not. In this case, they account for success and fame in publication.
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Question about comparative adjective

The question is about filling the blank with the best answer. (with the word given in the parentheses) 1. An eagle flies ........... a sparrow (high) a. Higher Than b. More Highly than ...
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does the phrase"as to be offensive" refer to "so contrary"?

I am reminded of a Yiddish saying: If hard work was so wonderful, the rich would have kept it all for themselves It’s true that many wealthy people work long hours. But to imply that ...
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Error Spotting : I am better adapted to the climate than you

What's the error in following sentence? I am better adapted to the climate than you. The book says it's error free but I guess it's printing mistake because from what I have learned is that when ...
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"Than A is B?" Versus "Is B than A?"

I would like to know the most natural-sounding word order when asking for a degree of comparison using 'how much + comparative adjective". Should the second element come before the first or the other ...
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How to understand these sentences?

[1] ... Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts — a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a ...
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Nuance: longer time vs longer period of time

Native speakers tend to use just the word 'long' on its own to express a large amount of time. However, when it comes to the comparative case, is the addition of the phrase 'period of time' necessary? ...
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I waited there for five minutes; that seemed so many hours to me

I am supposed to correct this sentence: I waited there for five minutes; that seemed so many hours to me. The answer in the book says: that seemed as many hour to me. I think this is plainly ...
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more than (comparative forms) [closed]

Does the following make sense? "Nowadays, there are many more electronic pieces of equipment and devices than there used to be." "I like the museum. It was more interesting than I expected ...
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Is it 'lesser' or 'less' when describing an amount of water?

From the following sentences, which one is more grammatically correct? Carbohydrates in diet need less amount of water in comparison to proteins and fats. Carbohydrates in diet need lesser amount of ...
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Are all these sentences grammatically correct?

I have solved that riddle before, so I get half as much credit as you do, for solving it. I have solved that riddle before, so I get half the credit you do, for solving it. I have solved that ...
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How to use relative words instead of absolute words

I am trying to describe the above drawing. My examples are as follows: A bank and a hospital are respectively located at distances of 5km and 8km from ends, closer thereto, of a road. A ...
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Is this sentence correct- I'll be coming later than him?

I used this sentence on one occasion, but after speaking it seemed like it's wrong. Context: I and my friend are on a holiday and my friend will return before me. I told another friend of our's that ...
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"not as strong" vs. "less strong" --- interchangeable?

David is much smaller than Andrew and (is) less strong. David is much smaller than Andrew and (is) not as strong.
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What is wrong with "more number of"?

I am writing a technical article and one of the reviewers had a comment for the following statement: When compared to a generic setup, our technique can potentially store more number of blocks per ...
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"I'm three times as more profitable as my salary" vs. "I'm as three times more profitable as my salary"

I'm three times as more profitable as my salary vs. I'm as three times more profitable as my salary
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Is the phrase "didn't miss the target by too far" grammatical/idiomatic?

I thought this was a common phrase, but it has 0 Google results. Example sentence: He was wrong about calling her mentally sick. However, he hadn't missed the target by too far. If the phrase ...
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"better" vs "best"

Given the following sentences: It is better to stay here. It is best to stay here. Are both sentences correct? If yes, is there any difference of meaning between them? I've always been taught the ...
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"not so good as" or "not as good as" - Which is grammatically correct?

Can anybody tell that which one of the following is correct? He is not as good as his father. He is not so good as his father. When conveying some negative sense, I have always seen/watched (movies,...
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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. ...
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as adjective as structure

I found a sentence on an online English test. Question: More money is now spent on fuel than before. Answer: Not as much money was spent on fuel before as now. I have learnt "comparative ...
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"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 ...
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Usage of "compared to" [closed]

Which can I say? The price of A is higher compared to B. or The price of A is higher compared to the price of B.
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Help understanding long sentence from NY times

"Hillary Clinton was running for president knowing all too well that a woman has to be twice as qualified to be perceived as once as good." I'm confused by the sentence in bold. There's so many as......
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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 ...
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"Not that fast a car" "Not that good an idea"

This is not that fast a car Not that good an idea Can someone confirm that this is correct? Or do I need an of? Sentences like those don't make much sense in my native language. if I were to ...
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"Computers are as essential as mobile phones for us" or "Computers are as essential for us as mobile phones."

Computers are as essential as mobile phones for us. Computers are as essential for us as mobile phones. Which place is better for " as essential as" ? What kind of adverb is "as adjective\adverb ...
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Use of "would rather" with different subjects

I've read that "would rather" has two different constructions; same subject and different subjects. Some of the examples have been listed below: I would rather they did something about it. ...
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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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Comparative constructions

This car costs more than how much the last car you bought cost. This car costs more than it cost you to buy your last car. Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Do they convey the same ...
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Can you clear my this confusion between "no" and "not"?

I have seen sentences like: They ask for money no less than Rs 2,000. He was looking weird? No weirder than usual. I wonder should "not" had been in place of "no". Are they interchangeable?
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Is it wrong to use "more X than Y" structure before verbs?

Is it wrong to use more.. than structure before verbs? For example : They more talk than work. This product has been more produced than consumed. I want to more take action than make ...
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What is the grammar of this sentence?

Consequently, children are likely to have less supervision at home than was common in the traditional family structure. Could anyone tell me why was common is in this position and what is its meaning?...
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as troubling as rewarding?

It is a question about "as adjective as adjective" construction. I wrote a sentence: The book was as sad as happy. My friend, looking at the sentence, said that it should be The book was as ...
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Is the phrase «as general an answer as possible» correct?

Is it correct to say: It would be nice to have as general an answer as possible. I'm not sure... I think I've read similar sentences, if I'm not mistaken. Any help would be appreciated.
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Was Jeremy Corbyn making a comparison?

As reported by the BBC here, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is being accused of comparing the state of Israel to Islamic State (IS), he said "Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the ...
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Use of "that of " and "that [in/ on/...etc]"

I know "that of" can be used to avoid a repeat in a sentence in this ways : the weight of a Lion is the same as that of a tiger. But in some other cases, it sounds weird for me to use "that of" ...
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Is "it is more difficult and nobler an enterprise" ungrammatical?

Is "it is more difficult and nobler an enterprise" ungrammatical? The question came from the following thread on this site. I had a girlfriend, whom I didn't want to leave A user TRomano told ...
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Why is the following sentence correct?

The sentence I have is: A lifetime friend and relative, my neighbour was often interested in the same subjects that I. I would 'correct it' by replacing the last part with that I'm interested in ...
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How to use "more" as adjective and adverb

Where should I use more as adjective (comparative) and adverb? Sometimes, it seems like Mary does things only to make it more inconvenient for her husband to have a good time when he’s out with his ...
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What is the subject when it's omitted after the comparison?

As market forces penetrate firms and bid up the value of attributes of labor that are more measurable than is the knowledge born of experience, it can be expected that trends in wages will not favor ...
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Comparison of height?

If my height is more than my brother I say: I am taller then my brother but if my height is less, which sentence is correct? I am smaller then my brother I am shorten then my brother I am ...
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"I don't smoke more cigarettes than i need to get a kick out of."

I heard someone say " I don't smoke more cigarettes than i need to get a kick out of.", and i was wondering whether what he said is grammatically correct.
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are deaths in 2006 more than total of combat deaths of two world wars?

According to World Health Organization statistics, over 57 million people died from preventable diseases in 2006, more disease-related deaths in one year than the combined total of combat deaths in ...
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Who do you like most to invite vs Who would you most like to invite

Which of these two is correct or what is the difference between them. The first sounds awkward to me. 1-Who do you like most to invite on your wedding? This would be answered: -"I most like to invite....