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Why is “with” not used here?

The sun rises earlier and earlier each day and sets later and later, so that the business man upon returning from his office can enjoy reading the evening news with the same degree of comfort that he ...
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This book is comparatively cheap/cheaper than that one

I am confused at the usage of (comparatively+than). Please guide.
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word that describes advantages being “surpassed” or “exceeded” by disadvantages

For instance, a sports car might have all the technology and power but the high cost is its disadvantage compared to an average car. So "However, the advantage of high technology and power is _____ed ...
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Are there other ways to say “The store is farther from the motel than we expected.”?

The store is farther from the motel than we expected. As the comparative form "farther" is a bit distant from "than" in the above sentence, it doesn't sound intuitive in relation with "than we ...
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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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Twice as short, twice as cheap, twice as slow?

Is it grammatically correct to say: This book is twice as expensive as that one. That book is twice as cheap as this one. This rope is twice as long as that one. That rope is twice as ...
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“The most rude” or “the rudest”?

Rude comparative ruder superlative rudest But the most rude is applied in the following title: The Most Rude, ill-Mannered, and Humiliating Plays in NBA History! Can we use both forms for any ...
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Can I say “Put 3 times the amount of water than soybeans”?

Can I say: Put 3 times the amount of water than soybeans. Or: Put 3 times water than soybeans. Put 3 times cups of water than soybeans. Put 3 times the amount of water as soybeans. Put 3 times as ...
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Do monosyllabic past participles used as adjectives follow the comparative and superlative rules about adding -er/-est suffixes?

This question showed up in my Writing part of F.C.E. test when I wrote TV is the most bought electric household appliance In that moment, I wondered whether boughtest is the correct form instead ...
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“much more” or “far more”?

1: What is difference between "much more" or "far more"? 2: Is the incorrect sentence, below I mentioned, really wrong? 3: If so, how should I use "much more" or "far more"? Incorrect: Since her ...
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Help understanding the differences between more than/about and most/all of

I am very confused when doing homework because there are four sentences which are really alike but my teacher said that they are different and I still don't understand why. "More than three-...
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Exclusion in formation of comparative statements

I was going through the topic "formation of comparative and superlative". The rule says When two objects are compared with each other, the latter term of comparison must exclude the former, ...
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“…than there are” vs “than”

I'd like to know which one of these sentences are grammatically correct. Is there any difference in meaning between them? There are more cars than there are people in this country. There are more ...
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Is it correct to say “with less”?

When I want to refer to something (which has the least amount of something), is it correct to say "with less"? For example: The house with less windows in the town.
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“The pain is less now than it was 5 hours ago” or should it be “lesser”?

The pain is less now than it was 5 hours ago Shouldn't it be "The pain is lesser now than it was 5 hours ago"?
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Near, Nearer, Nearest

a) Take me to a near station. b) Take me to a nearer station than that station. c) Take me to the nearest station. I believe a) is not used but b) and c) are. I want to hear a good explanation if ...
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“Early” vs “earlier” this morning / this month

While I was reading some various text below two things came up over and over like them in a rule. Early this morning (Ex. 4~5 AM) Earlier this month (Ex. 1~5 Nov.) If "early" and "earlier" were ...
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Help parse “There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks…”

Consider: There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks and traditional audits. It's not just about the employees you don't know; some of the biggest crimes are committed ...
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What does this quote mean? BY SHAW [closed]

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites. compared with the number and voracity of man's parasites, man considers himself rich?
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is “little such [noun]” acceptable?

Can "little" be used to modify "such + noun"? Does "little such care" sound natural to you? Thank you very much!
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Parallel constructions in “than” sentences

Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And ...
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“finally as it seemed to me” — what is “as it seemed”?

But Elijah passed on, without seeming to notice us. This relieved me; and once more, and finally as it seemed to me, I pronounced him in my heart, a humbug. (from Moby Dick Source) What does "as it ...
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As fast as Or As fast?

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar And ...
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“such that” & “such as to”, “so…that” &“so…as to”, “such…that” &“such …as to”

If the subjects of the main clause and the subordinate clause are the same, we could simplify "such that" to "such as to", for example 1a Her voice was such that it made everyone stare. → 1b ...
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More easily or most easily

I know when to use an adjective as comparative or superlative. Example - This is an easy job. This is easier than the previous one. This is the easiest. And when this way, we can't ...
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Question about use of the words 'than' and 'revise' in this context

Very confusing. Why did the writer use the word than here? We usually say more than. I do not have problem with it. That is comparative. But my two concerns: Is this comparative in this case? If ...
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“The funnier the post, the tireder I get”

“The funnier the post, the tireder I get." Can that sentence, which has been written by a native speaker, be good English? I ask in reference to how 'funnier' and 'tireder' are used, obviously.
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What does this comparative mean?

“Your Honor”.I raised my voice.“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I assure you that my master, Dennis Swift, in no way acted inappropriately around this young lady, Annika. It was clear to me that she ...
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I have more houses than “you” or “yours”?

I have more houses than you. I have more houses than yours. Which one is right? Can you please explain why?
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omission in comparative clauses

"Now, yer mum an' dad were as good a witch an' wizard as I ever knew." (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) This comparative construction, I suppose, has the omission of “counterpart of ...

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