I want to say: "The cricket is much more scripted than the WWE". Should I add 'is' at the end, and if so, what is the significance of it?

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Both versions are equally grammatical and mean the same thing. The version without is is a simple ellipsis of the version with it.

  • I read somewhere, that if I do not use 'is' at the end, I'd be comparing the script[ness] of cricket with the WWE itself, not with it's script[ness]. Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 13:48
  • That is not a parse tree that is possible at all. (But even if it were, it would make zero sense.) My answer still stands.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 13:52
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    @qeemaroast You may be thinking of something like "He likes pizza more than I" versus "He likes pizza more than me". The first parses to "He likes pizza more than I (like pizza)" while the second parses to "He likes pizza more than (he likes) me" -- which are two very different sentences. :)
    – Roger
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 14:16
  • And the is doesn't have to go at the end either. Although perhaps archaic or overly formal it could also be: "... than is the WWE" On a different note I think "The cricket" sounds strange to me alongside the WWE. If WWE refers to wrestling, then I'd assume cricket refers to the game, and in that case I think you don't want The- it's just Cricket or "The game of Cricket"
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 15:15

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