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I am in a little bit confusion here. I was going through a blog article and I read

He is more intelligent than me.

I think it is incorrect. It should have been

He is more intelligent than I am.

To summarise, which is correct?

  1. He is more intelligent than me
  2. He is more intelligent than I
  3. He is more intelligent than I am
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  • Somebody taught you wrong. One can do whatever one pleases in this instance. Most people choose than me, which is perfectly grammatical. Please don't peeve.
    – tchrist
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 4:07
  • @tchrist "... than me, which is perfectly grammatical:" some explanation of the grammar may be useful here.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 6:33
  • Please visit English Language Learners -- I suggest this question be migrated there.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 6:34

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Your sentence is an elliptical sentence that means

He is more intelligent than I [am].

The subject of the dependent clause requires I.

There are some similar sentences where the objective case would work, but it changes the meaning. For example,

She likes her more than he.

means

She likes her more than he likes her.

While a sentence such as

She likes her more than him.

means

She likes her more than she likes him.

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  • You do have a point there, though that's unlikely to be what the present question is about.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 6:38
  • Maybe you can elaborate a bit more on why you think my answer is unlikely to be what the present question is about. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 6:48

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