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“Which is better” or “Which are better”?

Which one is grammatically correct? "Which is better, cats or dogs?" "Which are better, cats or dogs?" If they are both ok, what is the difference between them?
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confuse with the sentence “There is more than 50 time …”

I am confused with the following sentence. would anyone explain its structure, please? There is more than 50 times as much freshwater stored underground than in all the freshwater rivers and lakes ...
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Is something rated as Satisfactory implicitly better than other rated as Sufficient?

What I mean by this question is: If I say I'm going to test some products and rate them: If I rate one as Satisfactory and other as Sufficient. Which of the two products is better? Is the ...
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Is it grammatical to say “It's much more cheaper. . .”?

I was confused when I corrected my student and he asked me if he could use "much more" in a sentence. I'm used to using "much" and "more" separately that's why I didn't know what to say.
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so deep as that into his feelings?

He paused; then went on: I don't know that the commanding officer delved so deep as that into his feelings. But he did suffer from them—a sort of disenchanted sadness. It is possible, even, that he ...
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Is this sentence wrong? (Comparative Adverbs)

Question : The Spanish athlete / run / fast / than the other runners The Spanish athlete ran more fastly than the other runners. The Spanish athlete ran faster than the other runners. In my ...
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How can I compare three objects?

I'd like to write a formal sentence that compares the performance of three objects. Let us consider three objects, called A, B, and C. Suppose that the performance of B is worse than A, but better ...
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Comparison “as.. as..” word order

I've noticed that in comparison structure as.. as.., in my textbook, after the first as goes an adverb to compare and only after it goes additional information, like: You don't know as much about ...
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“Taller FROM when I last saw her” vs “Taller THAN when I last saw her”

Today I saw a photo of my friend's daughter, whom I saw in person more than a year ago. She looks to have grown about a foot since then. Would it have been grammatically correct of me to say, "She's ...
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Article “the“ for superlative

Which one is correct: “XYZ is the most famous and the biggest concert in Australia.“ or “XYZ is the most famous and biggest concert in Australia.“?
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More expensive than others

Let's imagine I have some boats with different prices. I am going to be selling them soon. I have gotten a person to buy one of them and he approached the boat I am selling for the highest price. Can ...
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Comparison: which one is correct

Which of the following sentences is correct or more idiomatic for comparison between two things: The AUC (the area under curve) for the model A is greater than of the model B The AUC (the area under ...
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Are there any nuances between “dismiss” and “ignore”?

According to the ODE, to dismiss something (e.g. an idea) means: Treat as unworthy of serious consideration. 2.1 Deliberately cease to think about. And to ignore something, ...
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone grammar

A movie line in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Hagrid): They're goblins. Clever as they come, but not the most friendly of beasts. Can anyone help me to give a full sentence of the ...
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Is “as what…” a short from of “…so +adjective +that…” structure?

In a british movie, a boy is asking an old military man about his sword: -Boy: Is that the sword you used in battles Mr.Poulter. Could I see it? -The man(Mr.Poulter): Very dangerous weapon, my lad. ...
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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'more smooth' or 'more smoother'? Which is right?

Curve A is more smooth than curve B Should 'smooth' be replaced by 'smoother'?
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What is omitted between “than” and “would be”?

I read a sentence as below This strategy tends to result in higher efficiency than would be possible with that one. I can understand the meaning of the sentence, which is "This strategy tends to ...
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‘A less smart student’

My sentence is A less student would take the first approach. Here I have no intention to compare. What I mean is a not so smart student. Is my sentence okay?
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on comparisons: “Higher than that in y” vs “Higher than y”

I have doubts which statement is correct. I have two datasets, both have x and y. I measure variations between x and y from several aspects (aa, b, c, etc.) in both datasets and I want to compare the ...
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Not older or not later date?

I want to write "The date you are trying to write is not ... than the existing one." when user wants to write and replace date in some document. Should I use "newer" or "later"? Example: Somebody ...
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Constructions “as good as”, “as weak as”, etc

I'm not quite familiar with the constructions "as good as...", "as weak as..." as they are used below. The fact that the metanotation of derivability made every bit as good as a claim as material ...
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In a similiar condition “as”?

Is it correct to use as in the context like: Prague is in a similiar climate as Michigan. I know things tend to be similiar to something else but it sounds odd to me here.
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Is “… be as adj. than …” correct grammar?

A coin is tossed twice. Alice claims that the event of two heads is at least as likely if we know that the first toss is a head than if we know that at least one of the tosses is a head. This is an ...
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The number comparison

Which sentence is correct? Genies are six folds more than humans. Genies are six times more than humans. Genies are six times as many as humans.
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Meaning of '…some people recover from severe pain while others have long-term pain.'

I feel in a sense that it is a comparison, but 'severe pain' is not 'long-term pain' and accordingly the end of the sentence is extra. So I find this as a strange comparison. Could you clarify what's ...
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Is this a right way to use “compared with”

Cars are cheaper compared with their prices 30 years ago. I made this up, I could not find similar examples. Is this a right structure? If not, please suggest one.
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Comparison of adjectives [duplicate]

This shirt is the cheaper of the two I wonder why the comparison is cheaper and not cheapest. Aren't the sentence is referring to more than two items and so it should use -est? And cheaper will be ...
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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The meaning of “The clientele were as curious as they were sparse in number.”

It’s from a book by Elvis Costello, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”, written with first person perspective. The main character, Elvis Costello, as a boy visits his father’s studio for the ...
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Meaning of “finance is more concerned in the matter than industry”?

The following extract is from one of the works of Bertrand Russell: Exploiting what are called "inferior races" has become one of the main objects of European statecraft. It is not only, or ...
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As+ adjective + as (comparing the subject with itself)

In the sentence, "When one considers the many ways by which organisms are completely destroyed after death, it is remarkable that fossils are as common as they are.", what is referred to by the word "...
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the meaning and grammar of 'as hard as it takes' in this sentence

This is the subs below from TV show Suits Harvey"Let me tell you something. This isn’t elementary school. This is hard work. Long hours. High pressure. I need a grown goddamn man." Mike "You ...
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Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences?

Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences? He was working less hard than it's usual. He was working less hard than usual. He was working less hard than usually.
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What is the difference between “provisioned” and “provided”

I'm reading this article and they wrote: After the identity is created, the credentials are provisioned onto the instance. What I understand is that the credentials will be given to then ...
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comparison - less variable than beef?

Typically, we compare two entities of the same sort, so that we say "John's hat is bigger than Peter's," not "John's hat is bigger than Peter" unless, of course, we are deliberately comparing a person'...
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Are both of these sentences correctly ordered?

Are both of these sentences correctly ordered? The Dutch are better at speaking English than the Danish. The Dutch are better than the Danish at speaking English. Does the order matter here?
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Proving for someone that “Clothes don't present me”?

I want to defend my dress by saying that clothes (in general) don't present me, but after that, I want to support that sentence by adding one of these two: I'm a lot bigger than a piece of cloth to ...
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What's the difference between “I feel much happy now” and “I feel much happier now”?

What is the grammatical difference between: I feel much happy now. I feel much happier now. What is the difference between them in meaning? Can I say that both sentences are correct?
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As…as structure

I have a sentence like this: He hasn't travelled to as many places as me. He has travelled to as fewer places as me. Are these sentence correct? and Do they have the same meaning?
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Help to understand: “leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America…”

In a tweet, Barack Obama wrote Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running ...
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as much per person

Joe: Yeah, yeah it’s good that we have that program, but I hear where you’re, y’know, I hear what you’re saying. I am fed up with it, too. I mean I read that the U.S. spends twice as much per person ...
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difference between twice as … as and twice more than [duplicate]

Do both of the following sentences have the same meaning? 1- My salary is twice higher than yours. 2- My salary is twice as high as yours.
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comparison clauses the more … the less

Can we say " The more tired you are, the more it's hard to concentrate" instead of "the more tired you are, the harder it is to concentrate" . and which of them could be more common? and also what ...
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Paralysis versus palsy: what is, the exact difference?

I would like to know the exact difference between the terms paralysis, and palsy (as in mouth palsy or cerebral palsy). My impression is that both convey the meaning that to some extent, the person ...
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Is it correct to say both “to buy” and “buy” here

I'm wondering if the second buy is natural in the following: It is easier to buy soft drinks and processed foods than buy fruits and vegetables in this country. Would it be more natural to precede ...
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It is fine to end a sentence with a comparative adjective?

It is fine to end a sentence with a comparative adjective? For example: It's better. It's faster. She's nicer. Or it's necessary to the sentence with a full comparison such as: It's better than it. ...
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When introducing myself, which should I use: “my name is” or “I am”?

It was raining and our extra classes were held after studying there was still some time left so I was talking to a girl I asked her what should we answere when someone ask us what's your name ?she ...
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Is the following expression is clear: “determines whether A is greater than or equal to B”?

The processor determines whether value X ≧ 100. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence without using the mathematical symbol. My example is as follows: The processor determines whether value X ...
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Parallelism in comparison

Is it correct to say: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend. Or should it be: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend is. If we omit the is, is the first ...