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Does the verb "to wear someone down/out" mean far more tiredness than the adjective "wearisome"?

My understanding I formed from dictionaries is the following: to wear someone down/out = to make someone feel extremely tired wearisome = making someone feel tired or bored Hence, despite the same ...
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Can the clause "A doubles B" mean A is twice as many/much as B?

...Conversely, from 1995 to 2015, a net increase was seen in the figure for females, which jumped to approximately 3000 in 2010 before declining to 2000, [being double/doubling] that for males in the ...
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as many/much .... as structure

Kate stayed in London for three days. Lara stayed in London for three days. We can say Lara stayed in London for as many days as Kate did. But if I use 'in London' in a different position in the ...
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Removing "that of" from "A more important subject than that of getting indoors"

This sentence is from "The Return of the Native Book II, Chapter 6" A more important subject than that of getting indoors now engrossed her Can I delete "that of", as in below? ...
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Difference between: "both can be viewed as [a task / tasks]…“

What is the difference in comparing plural nouns to a singular noun or a plural noun? I've seen several versions of comparing noun A to noun B when the noun A is plural. Some sentences use the ...
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Compare something with somebody

We shouldn't compare our clothes or shoes with our classmates. We shouldn't compare our clothes or shoes with those of our classmates'. (Meaning: you don't have to keep up with the Joneses ) I want ...
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comparison: as clever students as we are

The following are all okay: a. They are as clever as we are. b. He is as clever as we are. c. He is as clever a student as we are. What about the following? d. They are as clever students as we ...
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What better than to

(It is so easy to pick up fruits at the market when they are plentiful and so fresh during their seasonal time.) So what better than to turn them into a lovely jam, jelly, or even a marmalade to ...
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as old as my father

a. I don't know anyone who was as old as my father when he retired. b. I don't know anyone who was as old as my father when they retired. Could one use these sentences to say I don't know anyone who ...
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Ambiguity in comparison construction

Have you ever met a prettier girl than Rose ? I'm aware that it usually means 1a, but could it mean 1b: 1a. Have you ever met a prettier girl than Rose (is)? 1b. Have you ever met a prettier girl ...
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Double comparatives [duplicate]

As I know, "spend" has different structures: Spend time V-ing/ Spend time on sth She spends a lot of time working. She feels stressed. If I use Double comparatives, this sentence will be : ...
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"Two times as long as" versus "two times longer than"

Say, Rule 1 is 60 cm long, Rule 2 is 30 cm long, and Rule 3 is 20 cm long. A.  Rule 1 is two times as long as Rule 2. B.  Rule 1 is two times longer than Rule 2. Sentence A is indisputably correct. ...
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a question about "as". is it a typo of "is"?

Volunteers rated the toffee eaten during low-pitched music as more bitter than that consumed during the high-pitched rendition. I have been known many examples of "as",but all are compared ...
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situating or discussing, in a sentence

To describe Saint-Saëns’ Piano Quartet in B-flat as a superficial imitation of Liszt is to overlook the unique combination of Classical, Romantic, and modern elements skillfully woven into the ...
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Is it ok to repeat same word in a row in sentence?

Is it ok to repeat words in a sentence? or Is only specific in poetry? Research says It's used to stress key points, to achieve a certain rhythm, tone, or style of prose. For Instance! Perhaps, ...
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More than ever before

In the following sentence, the adverb "rapidly" is modified by "as ... as..." I'm wondering if this comparison is incompatible with the sentence-initial "more than ever before,...
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grow vs develop

I have always regarded "grow" as synonymous with "develop". After perusing the google search result of "grow vs develop", it seems that: "Grow" applies to ...
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Should there be a possessive in "like that of a peacock('s)"?

She has great charm, even like that of a peacock's She has great charm, even like that of a peacock The comparison is not between the lady and the peacock. It is between the charms of the lady and ...
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as ... as - "African-American culture as embodied in music, art, and literature flourished as never before."

(a) African-American culture as embodied in music, art, and literature flourished as never before. Is this sentence above an example of "as ... as"? Or is it an example of ellipsis? What ...
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Is 'favor A to B' correct?

Utah is big business for the dessert trade, with many residents favoring sweets and soda shops to a bar or cafe. The original article is this. I understand the latter phrase as Utah residents like ...
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Comparison with "the ... the" structure

I just wonder the following sentence is correct or not: "The better the weather is, the better we feel." since I usually hear things like: "The better the weather, the better we feel.&...
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Comparison of two categories over a specific period of time

Year: 2009 / 2019 Mobile use: 15% / 26% Tablet use: 5% / 19% what is the correct way to describe changes in two different years? I have tried to describe the changes in three different ...
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Using 'by' when comparing changes in size, amount, number, etc

I am so confused when it comes to prepositions used with words that show trends. For instance, my teacher gave me these examples: Canada made up 618,9 kWh of electricity produced and by almost 100 ...
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Interpretation of "as" [closed]

The word "challenging", as used in this context, means "demanding". Does the word "as" mean "when" or "in such way"? Thank you.
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can I use more with short adjectives?

Can I say " The girl is more short than the boy " and when can I use more with short adjective?
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Pay someone vs Pay to someone

I know we don't use "Pay to someone," but is there a reason? In terms of grammar, it seems correct. Pay (transitive verb) + someone (direct object) Pay (intransitive verb) + to someone (...
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Emphasis (it is ... that) with comparison (less, more...)

I'm not sure how to use "less" and/or "more" in an "emphasizing sentence" (if it's the term). It is less the quality of the alcohol, but more the quantity, that leads to ...
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Can we separate the as ... as structure

I've learned that in the as ... as structure as shown in the following example: "I want to know if he is as handsome as I imagined." the first "as" is a degree adverb, the second &...
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"would not have been possible VS. "was not possible "

My curriculum was too busy and it would not have been possible to put any extra activity to it. My curriculum was too busy and it was not possible to put any extra activity to it. Do these two ...
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Comparison with as and than in the same sentence

For Chips, in any social or academic sense, was just as respectable, but no more brilliant, than Brookfield itself. (Ref. Novella Chips, Chapter # 2 ) In this sentence there is a comparison between ...
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all variants of writing the sentences where "as" means "and so" [closed]

As far as I know, if in some sentence "as" means "and so" this sentence can be written both with inversion and without it. Could you check my examples on this topic please: (1a) ...
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Why isn't than of or the repetition of the cost unnecessary in the third example?

The cost should be less than the cost of sending them separately. The cost should be less than that of sending them separately. The cost should be less than sending them separately. I think all ...
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Correct usage of comparison containing percentages [closed]

I'd like to understand whether this sentence sounds natural and is grammatically correct. I'm mostly concerned about the usage of a percentage and the preposition: X% more of ... Couldn't find any ...
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A variable name represents / expresses / indicates something?

string GetFieldValue(string fieldName){} It's our old code to retrieve data from a database table, but it can't return NULL. An empty string and a null are different. So I made some change, struct ...
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Can you put "than OO" at the end of a sentence when you say "How many times"

How many times larger than the moon is the earth? My textbook says this is the correct answer and doesn't mention about the pattern that you put "than the moon" at the end of the sentence ...
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“An orange is more more delicious than an apple than grapes.”

“An orange is more more delicious than an apple than grapes.” Delicacy level Orange: 10 Apple: 5 Grapes: 3 An orange is 5 degrees more delicious than an apple. (10-5=5) An orange is 2 degrees more 5 ...
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(All the/None the/Any the/Much the) + comparatives

This topic is taken from Advanced Oxford Grammar by M. Swan. I'm just struggling as to how to use them and literally translate them into my native language sense. Some online dictionaries label them ...
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"will be resolved by X" vs. "it is to be resolved by X"

I couldn't tell specifically what's the meaning of the following, especially "is to be resolved": Politician: An issue is to be resolved by registering a consensus among our voters. Does it ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between "He had not replied to me until yesterday" and "He still had not replied..." here?

He had not replied to me until yesterday. He still had not replied to me until yesterday. What is the difference between the two sentences in their meaning? In my own understanding, the first ...
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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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