Questions about grammaticality of comparisons

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Word choice for a comparison of different amounts

I'm currently struggling to clearly state the following situation: Background: Let's assume I have two newspaper articles A and B. Let's say I want to count how often a specific word (for instance ...
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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Use of “as” with verbs? [closed]

Would you say: I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John. or I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John does.
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'compare [something] with/to [something]' vs. 'compare'

Should I always compare something with/to something? In many texts you see structures like this one, from Maciej Paszynski, Fast Solvers for Mesh-Based Computations: After several steps, we end up ...
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Use of “that of” (e.g. “that of in”)

Sentence in question: The total amount of donation in 2010 has surpassed that of in 1990. Can you use "that of" as a tool to compare the difference in volume of a same thing in different years?
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Which is the right sentence to compare multiple objects with different properties?

I'm writing a scientific paper in which there is a statement on the comparison of multiple objects with different properties. Actually, I would like to compare among A with P1, A with P2, B, and C. ...
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“Prefer … to” vs. “prefer … rather than”

Can we use "prefer" and "rather than" together? E.g., I prefer walking rather than driving.
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How to use the comparison--“Not like…but then” and what does “be less than peas in a pod” mean?

Tommen was a sweet boy. Not like his brother (Joffery), but then Jaime and Tyrion were some what less than peas in a pod themselves. This sentence is extracted from the Game of Thrones. I don't ...
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deletion of the verb after a non-fixed-expression 'as … as' comparison

I think my concern will be best illustrated by an example: "Minors do not have as many rights as adults" I have always found myself questioning whether I need to add a "do" after or before ...
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How do I state the sameness of some number of objects?

How do you say something is identical and having a quantity greater than two using “(the) same”? Which is right among below? If there’s no right form, please let me know the right form to describe ...
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“large field of view” vs “high field of view”

Which one is right between "large field of view" and "high field of view"?
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How can you describe “percentage” in a sentence?

I need to compare two system and explain that one is faster than the other specifying the percentage, so is the following correct? in fact new system computes the whole dataset the 10% percent ...
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“The box of candies” or “The box of THE candies”

I understand that "Look on the table. Take the box of candies." is ok. But is this ok? "Take the box of the candies." If so, is there any difference?
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“What” vs “what kind of”

So, I've read that questions "what kind of" are about characteristics: "What kind of game is it? - It's an exciting game." But "What game is it? - It's Warcraft." Is it right? But what about "What ...
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SAT Grammar Question - Comparisons [closed]

I have a question on comparisons. I said no error first, and that was wrong. I don't see an error with B or D or A. Is it C "being"? Should it be switched to be?
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“I am extremely smarter than you.”

Is "I am extremely smarter than you." a grammatically OK sentence? It sounds awkward, but is there a grammatical issue? Please note that I am not asking if it could sound better, nor am I asking for ...
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How do I modify “fewer”? [closed]

In a sentence using fewer as a comparison between the present time and other occurrences, I might want to adjust the comparison. Are there any rules about how to modify fewer? Does it vary if the ...
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Is “I am more than happy to help you” grammatically correct?

Ok, I often hear my American teacher says "I am more than happy to help you". I am not sure it is grammatically correct. Ok, there is no problem to say "I am happy to help you" or "I am very happy ...
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Use of “unlike” while comparing two things, followed by a comma and “in something else”

I am wondering, which one is correct: Unlike in something, in something else it is easy to... Unlike something, in something else it is easy to... My instinct tells me both versions could ...
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Kinder vs More Kind [duplicate]

Do we say "kinder" or "more kind"? I found people saying both things over the internet and got confused. Which is the correct one?
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What's the difference between tethering and hitching an animal?

Hitching, tethering, picketing, or securing any pack or saddle stock within 200 feet slope distance of any permanent lake, stream, spring, pond. or shelter. Doesn't both mean tying an animal to a ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Help! So as not to vs. so (adjective) not to

I have seen the following phrases "so as not to" and "so (adjective) as not to" in articles before, but I don't know how to use these two phrase correctly. Any advice or insight would be very helpful. ...
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Can I put a time description after “than”?

Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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What does “not as [adjective] as him” imply?

If it is written that X is not as tall as Y, it indicates that X and Y have unequal heights. But does this necessarily imply that X is shorter than Y?
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The higher of X and Y vs the higher of X or Y

For "higher of" sentences, is it correct to use X and Y, or do you use X or Y? The following example: Recoverable amount: the higher of an asset's fair value less costs of disposal (sometimes ...
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Isn't this an illogical comparison?

Here is a usage and mechanics question that I need help understanding: Change the italicized portion with the best replacement, or choose A if correct. When light from a distant source, ...
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The rhetorical effect of “no more … than” construction

The following is a part of the section 15.70 of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Longman). Rachel is no more courageous than Saul(is). The sentence implies that both ...
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the idiomatic use of “no more than” and “no less than”

I have questions about the use of no more than and no less than . The following is the item 14. phrase of the word more from COBUILD online dictionary. You use no more than or not more than when ...
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the meaning of “they should not look nearly as different as they do”

The three species (Man, the chimpanzee and the gorilla) share almost 99 percent of their DNA, and on that basis, surely, they should not look nearly as different as they do. Am I right in ...
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Can something be “blacker” than something else? How common are single-word comparatives and superlatives for color-designating adjectives?

Merriam-Webster implies that the comparative and superlative for black are blacker and blackest. However, my native British colleague says he would never used blacker, only more black. How common is ...
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No higher than vs not higher than [closed]

I came across this weird uncommon usage in a documentation page. Can anyone help me understand the meaning/stipulation here? It says "value x can be no higher than "some value" Does it mean that "x" ...
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comparison nouns with as as [closed]

I have 2 questions about "as ... as comparison", I don't know if my sentences are correct or not. There isn't as much demand for buying a car as buying a house There aren't as many reasons for ...
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“He spends twice as much money as I earn” is correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? He spends twice as much money as I earn. I'm wondering if the first verb (spend) and the second verb (earn) can be different. All the examples of ...
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Less than or lesser than? [closed]

In the sentence, 'Sita weighs 5 kg less than her sister,' can 'lesser than' be used? If not, why so?
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...
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Is “'as' + article + adjective + noun + 'as'” grammatically correct?

The sentiments expressed in the tweets can be as accurate a measure as is found with traditional telephone surveys. The sentence above is grammatically correct. I wonder if it is still ok ...
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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What's the difference between 'single-hand' and 'single-handed'?

What's the difference between 'single-hand' and 'single-handed'? And why? Is meaning of 'single-hand' a subset of 'single-handed'?
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Usage of 'that' in place of 'than' [closed]

Is it right to use 'that' in place of 'than'? Eg.football is more popular that cricket. 2.he is better that him.
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How to answer this “as … as” comparison?

With the question, "Is [noun1] as [adjective] as [noun2]?", should one answer in the negative or affirmative when [noun1] is more [adjective] than [noun2]? Example: Animal Top speed ======= ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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Is this style of comparison grammatical?

I am inferring from the following paragraph that the number of people who volunteered in community service following 9/11 attacks was twice as many as those who did so before the event. However, I am ...
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Does “next highest” mean higher or lower? [closed]

A friend of mine recently argued about an interpretation of some by-laws. Specifically, what "next highest" meant. My interpretation: if you have roles A, B, C, where A is the highest role, then B is ...
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“like” vs. “as” Confusion in a sentence

Which is the correct sentence between the following: 1) He deserves the same fate as you 2) He deserves the same fate like you. From my knowledge and understanding, the second sentence is correct ...
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“Like X but a little less Y and a little more Z”

Like X but a (little/lot) less Y and a (little/lot) more Z. Is there a name for this type of comparison? It's not really an analogy (or is it?) It's not a simile or a dissimile. Examples of ...
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Is it common to write only one “as” in a comparison?

This is a bit hard to explain, so here's an example: Hanging above the door was a huge smiley face put there to greet visitors. I hoped the people inside were just as friendly. Is this a ...
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Grammar rules for comparisons with similar structures

The original quote I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than suffer the pain of regret Variations: I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret I would ...
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The connection between roosters and genitalia

It is a known fact that the same word (same spelling and pronunciation) is used to describe both a rooster and a part of male genitalia (I am not sure how vulgar it would be of me to use the word ...