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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 ...
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How to write a comparison result correctly in simple sentence

I have two methods. The first method needs 30 steps to be done. The second method needs only 10-15 steps. I would like to compare the steps that each method needed to be done. Here is my sentence: ...
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Which is correct and why?

I haven’t seen you in a million years. I haven’t seen you since a million years. Which is correct and why?
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It seems that auxilliary verb is omitted in this sentence

The $400m he was saving each year by making no scrap and no off-quality tiles more than paid for the R&D and the process changes. The sentence is from an article talking about a carpet company. I ...
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What is the difference between alteration and modification?

I was thinking it might be altering an original versus modifying a method and creating something new, but it doesn't really work out: it seems both can be used for either. I don't see any difference. ...
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“Like an adagio dancer surprised while watering the cat's milk”

I am reading "Joy in the Morning" by P. G. Wodehouse. Around the begining of chapter 3 the following comparison is used: "He spun round with a sort of guilty bound, like an adagio dancer surprised ...
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Weird exception when comparing plurals

So I recently got confused when comparing a set of plurals. I know normally when you compare singular you add a +s to the verb and you don't with plurals, but then I came across this while trying to ...
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Are “deal” and “deal in” interchangeable?

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: She got caught dealing drugs in school. He deals in rare books. I want to express "buying and selling a particular product." It seems that "...
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Can the “as..as” comparison work in the following way?

I'm pretty much aware of how to use the "as..as" comparison in sentences like: The apple is as red as a tomato. The car is as old as my grandfather. etc. But I was wondering if in complex sentences ...
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“she is as entitled to A as she is to B” or “she is as much entitled to A as she is to B”?

Which one of the followings is the correct sentence? She is as entitled to A as she is to B She is as much entitled to A as she is to B
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Where to put article “a”?

It's not as good a restaurant as it used to be. It's not as a good restaurant as it used to be. Which sentence is correct?
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Rephrasing the following sentences correctly

I have the following sentences to be rephrased according to the word in brackets (by the way, I consider them to be related by the same thematics - comparisons so that they are involved in the same ...
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Does the expression “a less number of … than” is correct?

The number of applications that my new PC can execute at the same time is less than the number of applications that my old one can execute. I revised the sentence above I created more simply as ...
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What is the difference between “even better”, “much better”, and “a lot better” in comparison statements?

In comparison statements, you can use "even" or "much" (or "a lot") to emphasize the degree of the adjective or adverb. However, is there any difference between "even", "much", an "a lot"? For ...
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The least or the fewest number?

Do we say the least number of tourists or the fewest number of tourists? When I searched for it, I found the least number of tourists but I also found the fewest number of pages then I was confused ...
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Setence with the same meaning as 'This box contains more than N balls,' when N is replaced by a phrase?

Sorry if this question is too easy. When N is a number, like 6, we can simply say This box contains more than 6 balls. Now, what if we replace '6' with a phrase like 'the number of rooms in my ...
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Why “on” not “to”?

The following is the opening line from an article of Scientific American. The amount of time people spend watching television is astonishing. On average, individuals in the industrialized world ...
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How to use “A comparison of” in a sentence

I am writing a scientific paper and I need to use "A comparison of..." as title of a table that illustrates both results. First experiment: I used the best 200 features. Second experiment: I used ...
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A question about age comparison

John has two daughters, S and X. S = 18 years old X = 9 years old Now, if I want to compare their ages, how do you say it naturally? I have written these three sentences, do they sound good ...
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Grammar about comparison.

Can I say: " In 2003, The number of people who are unemployed in Wales was two thirds the figure for England" "In 2003, the percentage of unemployment in England was two thirds above that in Wales" ...
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Is there a generic word denotes 'less possibility' in English?

'probability' refer to 'greater possibility', but how to denote a generic word that mean 'less possibility' in English? probability>possibility>___
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Difference between “sorts” vs. “kinds” vs. “types” [duplicate]

I am Brazilian and I often read the terms "sorts," "kinds" and "types." To me, they each have the same meaning. Is there a difference for the native English speakers? Context: Does NAG develop ...
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What's the difference between “found” and “establish”?

Google was established in 1998. Google was founded in 1998. In Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, both establish (2a) and found (1) share the definition below: to begin or create (...
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“That of”, “those of”, and possessives

Is it true that the possessive form is not used for a noun which is being compared to by "that of" or "those of"? For example: ... making your products or services different from and more ...
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position of comparative words [closed]

I want to understand more about comparison syntax. But I can't find many things about it. So I need your help. Here are some sentences with different position of comparative world. (1) Children in ...
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the usage of a comparative form “at a position…than at a position ”

I am trying to describe the color of the portion A in the picture shown above. My examples are as follows: In the bar, the color of the portion A is darker at a position closer to the center ...
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comparison: is “faster than I thought” correct? [closed]

In a grammar book I find this question: Find the mistake The car run faster than I thought. Does this sentence have a grammar mistake? I guess not. Edit: I thought "run" is in the simple past ...
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Is the expression “When the temperature is less than 15℃ and not less than 10℃…” is unnatural?

One of the English textbooks I have says as follows: "2 ≤" can be written: "greater than or equal to 2", "not less than 2", "2 or more" "≤ 5" can be written: "less than or equal to 5", "not ...
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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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What is the difference between “result” and “outcome” in that context?

In the sentences below: The result of a man's jumping from the 10th floor is death. The outcome of a man's jumping from the 10th floor is death. They seem the same in the sentences above, ...
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What's the difference between inspire and enlighten?

'Inspire' and 'enlighten' are translated into the same or synonym in my mother language. If I have to describe, their synonym in our language seem like they all mean to 'make someone aware to ...
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Teenager or Adolescent?

I've heard a lot of people said that teenager and adolescent are the same, but I'm not 100% sure about that. As far as I know, teenagers are from 13 to 19 (because of the "-teen"), and adolescents are ...