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I believe it's correct from a view of grammar, but is it clear?

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Aren't you missing an "it"? –  sblom Sep 3 '10 at 1:45
    
Do you mean: The bigger a dream is, the harder is to achieve it? –  ablmf Sep 3 '10 at 2:39
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no, "the harder it is to achieve it". See Dori's answer. –  delete Sep 3 '10 at 6:20
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No, it's not grammatical.

A more correct version would be:

The bigger a dream is, the harder it is to achieve

But a version that sounds more natural to my ear is:

The bigger the dream, the harder to achieve

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+1 it's good that you put a better suggestion there too. –  delete Sep 3 '10 at 4:10
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Your second example doesn't sound so natural to me, I would either say "The bigger the dream, the harder it is to achieve", or try and find a noun to mirror the "dream": "The bigger the dream, the harder the implementation" (though that doesn't sound great either...) –  Benjol Sep 3 '10 at 5:54
    
for some reason I actually find the original (fixed) version more natural than the proposed "more natural" one. –  Anonymous Type Nov 14 '10 at 23:16
    
Your first version sounds the most standard to me — it’s the one I’d most expect to hear in everyday speech — but your second is very rhetorically effective to my ear: imaginative, so slightly unexpected, but completely natural nonetheless. –  PLL Jan 12 '11 at 4:09
    
@PLL - Yep, you got it. In retrospect, I should have clarified one point: version 1 is better if it's just one sentence among many, while version 2 is better if it's being used as a title or statement on its own. It should have the same feeling as The bigger they are, the harder they fall. –  Dori Jan 12 '11 at 4:16
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