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When can we use “the” with comparatives?

I have already found in a book this rule: The comparative structure includes the only when the comparative takes a noun position, example: I like the smaller of the two. May you ...
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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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Should I use “away” after “Farthest/Farther?”

I wish to know if it is okay to use "away" after the superlative/comparative forms of "Far" since I have come across this sentence: I am the farthest from the grace of my family members. Is this ...
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Can I say “less bigger” or “more weaker” and similar phrases?

Suppose that A is bigger than B B is bigger than C Now, is it fine if I say, Compared to A, B is less bigger than C? If so, in this context, can I remove the first part in the almost formal ...
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Clause after “Than” in comparatives?

Can I use a clause after Than? You are better than when you were yesterday. People have more chances of dying when they don't fasten their seatbelts than when they do. You're faster than ...
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Can I write the amount before the word “cheaper”

The book is $2 cheaper at our shop. The book is $2 costlier at our shop. Are the above two sentences fine to native speakers?
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Is it natural to use “older” about someone without comparing his age to someone else?

An older man came in the door. Is it natural to use "older" about someone without comparing his age to someone else? If yes, would it be interchangeable with "old"?
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The ambiguous meaning of “He is better.”

In A Comprehensive Grammar of The English Language, 7.77 comparison of good, well and ill, it says: He is better. is ambiguous between: (a) He is well again. (b) He is less ill. I can only ...
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Grammatical function of comparatives

Can we consider comparative form of adjectives as adjectives, grammatically? I mean, in the following sentence, is "thinner" an adjective? "You look thinner."
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Comparative or superlative with plural

Let's sat I have a set of 10 different positive numbers. I want to pick the 4 with the smaller (or smallest?) value. Should I say "the four smaller values" or "the four smallest values"? In other ...
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“speaks Italian better” vs “speaks better Italian”

I guess the following sentences are both grammatically correct, but are they different in meaning? Laura speaks Italian better than Jake. Laura speaks better Italian than Jake.
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Any comparative adverbs here?

I have much more inspiration, and the editing would be easier. Is "the editing" a gerund? If so, is "easier" being used as a comparative adjective?
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“Tank needs 8 minutes less” or “8 minutes lesser”

Is this question correct? Tank needs 8 minutes less to empty the tank than it needs to fill it. Should we use 'lesser' here as 'than' is used for comparison. Please clarify it.
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Definite article “the” with comparative degree

I came across a sentence using definite article 'the' with comparative degree and an other sentence with out "the". Can anyone explain when to use 'the' with comparative degree? Here are the ...
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Exactly when do you put 'even' before the comparative words?

One of common mistake that non-natives say is something as below. (B is a non-native here) A: How was the movie? (expecting a good response) B: It was better than I expected. (meaning it was ...
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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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Tom is taller than I?

In this question, in one of the comment threads the following was stated Tom is taller than me" or "Tom is taller than I am" — both are correct. "Tom is taller than I" is WRONG` (link) Which I'...
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The definite before comparative degree

Which is the cheaper of the two? is it correct or it should be Which is the cheapest of the two?
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some confusing problems about “than”

I wish I could write English with more freedom than is at present possible. I am confused about the function of “is” in this sentence. Could you explain the grammar in this sentence?
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Why do they say “more richer”?

See this video (a captioned children's story) at 1:34 (1 minute & 34 seconds) They say, "He becomes even more richer than ever before" Is more richer idiomatic? Why don't they say "even much ...
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Which is correct: more expensive than “either ”A or B“ or ”both A and B"?

The prices of A, B, and C are 10, 50, 100 dollars, respectively. In this case, which of the following is correct? C is more expensive than both A and B. C is more expensive than either A or B. ...
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Comparative of Equality meaning the same as Comparative of Majority

In my mother language (Portuguese) , these sentences: The house looks twice as big as it did in the street. I'll go as quickly as I can They mean, when they are translated, this: The ...
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Does “quantitative” have a comparative and a superlative?

While academic fields can create their own algorithms for field-specific problems, they are all joined together by the same basic concepts about finding the best and most quantitative ways to ...
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Is “more than 2” includes 2?

In technical document in English, I read sentence of "more than 2". I usually just understand it as "two or more" since we generally translate it as similar sentence in Korean. (in Korean, there are ...
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“Wronger” and “wrongest” Vs. “more wrong” or “most wrong”

According to what I learnt, there are short and long adjectives. Short adjectives: one syllable. Long adjectives: two / three / four syllables. All of those short adjectives (one syllable) get ...
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Talking about an achievement - “one of the harder thing's I've done”

Is it correct, when talking about an achievement, to say something was: "...one of the harder things I've done." I know I should probably say: "...one of the hardest things I've done" But for ...
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Comparative form - which one is correct?

Which of the following comparative forms is correct? It is much cheaper to train doctors, teachers, police and other vital public service workers than it is to train astronauts or the ...
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“More an X” vs. “More of an X”?

Are the following sentences grammatical? a. He is more a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense. b. They are more poets than novelists in the traditional sense. c. He is more of a ...
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The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets

I was writing an answer on StackOverflow and came up with this sentence The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets. (x ?) It sounds a bit off to me because of "the more buckets"....
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What is the correct form (using a comparative adjective) of the sentence 'no other planet is so big as Jupiter'?

No other planet is bigger than Jupiter. or Jupiter is bigger than any other planet. Which of these is the 'correct form', using a comparative adjective, of the following sentence? No other ...
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Can “the” be added to “more”?

This calculation method can produce more accurate estimation. Using the more accurate estimation will lead to a more accurate final result. Although I know that there is a special sentence ...
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When do we use more with adjective?

Is it when the comparative form of an adjective is not available? For example; •Conjuring 2 is more horrible than The Nun •Conjuring 2 is creepier than The Nun
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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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“twice the height of” is it a noun or an adjective?

[A] Which is correct? Tower A is twice the height of tower B. Tower A has twice the height of tower B. Is the phrase "the height of" used as a noun (height) or as an adjective (high)? ...
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Using “more” in a sentence without “than”. Grammatical?

If you include the word "more" in a sentence without "than" in spoken English, would it be valid? Example: a talk about steps how to resolve environmental issues. I'll get into them in more detail ...
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Confusion of comparative adjective and/or adverb in a sentence

An adjective is that which tells something about a noun or a pronoun. And an adverb is that which describes a verb. However, I find sentences where an adjective is used to describe a verb as follows: ...
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Long Ellipsis - Comparative

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The current flowing through the transistor positioned at VCC5 is smaller than at VCC3." The meaning should be: "The current flowing through the transistor ...
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'more preferred' versus 'preferable'

Which of the following two sentences is correct? a) Which of the two boxes is preferable ? b) Which of the two boxes is more preferred? I think it should be a) because Oxford dictionary online says ...
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Do “The worstest” exist in english?

I am wondering if the word "the worstest" exists in English? It seems like people sometimes use it.I have never found it in my English grammar book. I am trying to find if it is a common mistake or ...
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Adjectives for comparative clauses

So far, I learned that we can use the superlatives and comparatives such as: Bigger/biggest & smaller/smallest Larger/largest & smaller/smallest Higher/highest & lower/lowest and More/...
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Can I leave out “the” in “caused by the higher oxygen content of ethanol”?

These higher performance outputs for the ethanol are also caused by the higher oxygen content of ethanol fuel. If I put higher instead of the higher, the meaning of the sentences will change?
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“More close” VS “closer”

I want to express that both of us are not quite right but I am closer. Should I put: I'm more close to right than you. I'm closer to right than you. So, which way is correct to express ...
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Is using “madder” grammatically correct?

I've seen in several occasions many people using the comparative adjective "madder". Like in saying "I'm mad at him. But if he didn't ask I'll be even madder." This "madder" just doesn't sound ...
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The nuance of 'young' and 'younger' in this context

While reading Swan's Practical English Usage, I came across this sentence I don't do much sport now, but I did play football when I was younger. Why comparative younger? Simply young could have ...
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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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When can two pronouns being compared in a sentence be of different types?

I came across a sentence on one of the pages on stackexchange today - He resents your being more popular than he is I always thought that while comparing two pronouns they should always be of the ...
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Can after “the more…the more…” be a noun, not a noun phrase?

Google Translate gives me this sentence: He himself felt helpless in communicating, as the more he said the wrong way. It's not "the more wrong it is", it's just plainly "the wrong way". But since ...
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Comparative after or before the noun

I have normally seen people invert the placement of the adjective and put them after the noun when the adjective is a comparative one: I have good hair - I have hair better than his I would like to ...
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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 ...
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Is it grammatical to use a comparative form with a definite article?

A: Whose book is this? Yours? B: Oh, it's Mark's. Mine is -----. I know * Mine is thinner.* is correct. How about Mine is the thinner. Is it grammatical to add the article? Thanks a lot.