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much more accessible than other previously discovered subsurface water sources

Does the following involve a faulty comparison? This discovery in Valles Marineris highlights the feature as an intriguing place for potential human exploration in the years ahead, especially because ...
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"not so expensive as" vs "not as expensive as" [duplicate]

Dinner wasn’t so expensive as I expected. Dinner wasn’t as expensive as I expected. As I understand these sentences, they are the same in their meaning, but the second one is more common. On the ...
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problem with conjunction "than"

In the following sentence- Because bureaucracies know more than their principals about the work they have been 'contracted' to do, information is asymmetrical. Which things are 'than' comparing?
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"dinosaurs to fly" vs "flying dinosaurs"

I read a passage from an LSAT: It seems likely that the earliest dinosaurs to fly did so by gliding out of trees rather than, as some scientists think, by lifting off the ground from a running start. ...
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as adj, + plural nouns + as

The sentence pattern "as adj, + a/an singular noun + as" is correct, but I don't know if it's okay with plural nouns. Is the following okay? They are as devoted teachers as we are.
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"in comparison with" used with a comparative adjective

I'm wondering if it is idiomatic to use a comparative adjective with "in comparison": In comparison with Joe, Peter is much wealthier. There is the issue of collocation; "in ...
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have a hat like John

Could a be used to mean b? a. Sam has a hat like John. b. Sam has a hat like John's.
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mentioning one out of the group in comparison

After the teacher, X is the most knowledgeable among all students. Is this sentence ok? I feel something weird in this: Using 'among all students' can this student (x) be compared while following the ...
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comparing things that are long to tell?

In the following sentence I am comparing two things: There is no comparison between a solicitor who works in a lower court in countries like Australia and Britain and an advocate in a US court of law....
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an analogue vs the analogue

After my research, I know that analogue (noun) means something similar to something else. Yet there are rare any discussion about "the analogue" and "an analogue". I am not sure ...
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The choice of the counterfactual conditional in a passage

There are, most often, all sorts of interests that would explain any given behavior. What is needed to make it decisive that a particular interest explains a particular behavior is that the behavior ...
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Implication between "to ensure" vs "ensure"

Would you help explain the difference of "ensure" between: Seventeeth-century views of scientific discovery combined with social class distinctions to ensure that laboratory technicians' ...
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Are ‘Being happy’ and ‘happiness’ interchangeable?

To study, a certain degree of happiness is needed. To study, a certain degree of being happy is needed. Are they interchangeable?
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how better for me to

a. How better for me to learn English than to hang out with you? b. How faster for me to get there than to come along with you? Are both of the above sentences grammatically correct? I think (a) is ...
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How to distingush the meaning of comparative sentences

My apologize if the tittle is little confusing. So let's just focus on these couple examples: I've never been on a bumpier plane ride. Options: a. The flight was bumpy b. The flight wasn't bumpy ...
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"mostly, only X" vs. "most X"

Please take a look at the following two sentences from an LSAT: For the most part, only government-sponsored research investigates agricultural techniques that do not use commercial products. Most if ...
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Matches are played "alternatively" in odd-positon rounds and in even-position rounds

would you please take a look at the following sentence: Matches are played "alternatively" in odd-positon rounds and in even-position rounds. I was troubled by this sentence because I ...
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Could "imply" be used to "explain" in one passage

I have a hard time telling what's the difference between using "implication" and "explanation" in the following passage: Even fatal pathogens can achieve evolutionary success. One ...
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'few vs. the few' in a sentence

would you help take a look at this passage from an LSAT: A study of 30 years of weather pattern records of several industrialized urban areas found that weekend days tend to be cloudier than weekdays....
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from any people vs from any two people

Would you be so kind to help explain the difference between: no play ever gets the same reaction from any two audiences. and no play ever gets the same reaction from any audience. I could understand ...
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must at least v.s. must

Please take a look at the following: (from the Orion Magazine) If possessing language is that which justifies our special status, then we must at least acknowledge it now looks likely that this wasn’...
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defined by v.s. defines v.s. by definition vs. a copular verb

Please take a look at the following sentences: Endemic species are by definition those that exist nowhere else but in the protected ecosystems. Endemic species are defined as those that exist ...
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"mostly negative economic impact" vs "negative economic impact for the most part"

I wanna discuss the difference between the following two sentences: The policy will have mostly negative economic impacts. The policy will have negative economic impacts for the most part. Would ...
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is this a descriptive sentence "one should not dismiss an argument by pointing out the arguer's behavior."

There are two sentences from an LSAT question, whose task is to pick a sentence that is most similar to this model sentence: "In response to an argument, drawing attention to the arguer's ...
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What are the differences between the two sentences?

Bill makes fewer mistakes than I do. Bill doesn't make more mistakes than I do. I guess, 'Bill makes fewer mistakes than I do.' means I RARELY make mistakes, but Bill makes much smaller number of ...
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The usage of "whatever" in a sentence

Is it correct to say that "whatever" here suggests a conditional? "The meaning of a poem is whatever meaning a reader assigns to it." I am not sure whether the sentence can be ...
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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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overall vs in general

Please take a look at these two sentences: This medicine can help your health in general. This medicine can help your health overall. From 1., I can know that my health can improve in most parts. ...
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"This will be displayed when the device is next switched on" or "It will be displayed when the device is next switched on"

When the device is switched off, the memory will store the mode that last appeared on the screen. This (It?) will be displayed when the device is next switched on. Which is better, this or it, in ...
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Can I use these sentences interchangeably?

Usually happy and sometimes sad people tend to be friendly. Happy and sad people tend to be friendly. (Does it only mean people who are happy and sad at the same time, not who are usually happy and ...
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"A is claimed to follow from B" vs "B is offered as support for A"

These two following sentences are from an LSAT. "It" in both sentences refers to the same sentence in the stimulus. Each sentence below is presented as answer choices and thus I am trying to ...
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"if any dog could talk" vs "any dogs who could talk"

I wonder whether the two sentences below are interchangeable. i) If any dog could talk, it would be the dog that communicates with people. ii) Any dog who could talk would be the dog that ...
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"Most subjects + predicate" vs. "Subjects + mostly predicate"

Below the first sentence is from one LSAT. My confusion is how 1. differs from 2., which I made for comparison. Works of art in the Renaissance were mostly commissioned by patrons. Most works of art ...
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X primary threatens Y = Y is most vulnerable to X?

There is a question in one of the LSATs which takes the following two sentences as interchangeable: (1) Disturbed habitats are most vulnerable to new arrivals. (2) New species primarily threatens ...
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Case that is philosophically right or wrong, but semantically wrong

If we see that there is a red apple, but someone says 'we see that there is a red apple, but it's green.' Then, is it semantically wrong?
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as softly and aesthetically as it deserves

I would like to know if the following comparison, parallelism is grammatically correct : "as softly and aesthetically as it deserves" or rather "as soft and aesthetical as it deserves&...
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much more relate/more relate

Can I use the following sentence constructions: I much more relate to A than to B or should I say I more relate to A than to B ?
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Is "some other thing" as correct English as "something else"? If so, is there a difference between them?

I've just realized that I often say some other thing, instead of something else. The latter seems the correct one, but I'd like to confirm this. Furthermore, if the former was correct too, I'd be ...
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What is the difference between fraud and a scam?

Are they synonyms? Is one a broader category to which the other belongs? Both seem to translate to the same German word "Betrug" which means to deceive somebody in order to get a (financial) ...
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"New" adjective in comparative form

There's a rule about one-syllable adjectives that end in a single vowel and a consonant, that duplicates the consonant in the comparative form: big --> bigger hot --> hotter I've been asking ...
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Comparison between A and B

When comparing two things, such as A and B. If A is better than B, can I say "it's A for B"?
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Using the proper tense in a comparsion

Which of the following seems more idiomatic for natives. 1-I have been practicing recently more than I had been in the past. 2-I have been practicing recently more than I used to in the past . 3-I ...
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Don't want to have to vs Have to

If I have an exam tomorrow and I said the following: I have to study hard because I really don't want to take the exam again. I have to study hard because I really don't want to have to take the exam ...
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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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Does "...is as dynamic a process as..." have different meaning from "...is as dynamic as a process..."?

S1: Our personal development is as dynamic a process as we choose to make it. The sentence S1 above which is from a passage in a book confused me for a while. I could understand a sentence S2 which ...
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Come to think of it vs Now that I think about it

Are 'now that I think about it' and 'come to think of it' used in the same way. According to a dictionary: 1) Come to think of it is used for adding something that you have just remembered about a ...
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Technically Sound vs. Technically Strong/Good. Which one has more value technically?

I got a statement from my colleagues saying I'm technically sound. Usually they used to say “technically strong” or “technically good” to refer to others but when referring to me they said “I'm ...
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Rejects or Accepts?

In the sentence below, does the speaker rejects nationalism or the idea that nationalism is a kind of atavism? Some modern political theorists reject nationalism as a tribal atavism. Thank you all!...
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'sign' vs 'notice'

Are there any differences in the meaning of or when we use the words 'sign' and 'notice'? The definitions in Cambridge Online Dictionary are: sign : a symbol or message in a public place that gives ...
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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 "...

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