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 "N times as much something as" pattern I found in English grammar text books have the same verbs, or the second verb is omitted as being the same as the first.

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    There is nothing whatever wrong with the sentence. The zeugma here can perfectly well yoke two distinct verbs to the same direct object. – Brian Donovan Jul 8 '15 at 15:21
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    Agreed. The sentence is grammatically correct. On a side note, when the second verb is omitted, some people append "do," as in "He earns twice as much money as I do. – oakfish56 Jul 8 '15 at 15:56

Yes it is correct.

There is a common idiom:

"I've forgotten more about X than you'll ever know."

As you can see, the verbs are different in this comparison.


"Yeah? Well, I've forgotten more about paleontology than you'll ever know." - New Yorker Cartoon
By: Joseph Mirachi http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/Yeah-Well-I-ve-forgotten-more-about-paleontology-than-you-ll-ever-know-New-Yorker-Cartoon-Prints_i8642068_.htm

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    Or "[Pronoun] has [verbed] more [anything] than [somebody] has had hot dinners" – Avon Jul 8 '15 at 22:06

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