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The full sentence is: I worked at the very least twice as hard to close sales than back then [two months before].

If it's incorrect how do you say it then — "twice as hard as [at some specific time]"?

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  • "As hard as" - "harder than". Technically you are working harder than but "as hard" requires "as". – Catija Aug 4 '15 at 4:32
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In British English: "I worked at the very least twice as hard to close sales as [I did] back then.

Edited to remove surmise about US English. Doug Warren says it is the same as for UK.

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    Speaking as an American, no I wouldn't. I would use "as" as well. I would only use "than" if it were phrased like "work two times harder than". – Doug Warren Aug 3 '15 at 21:04
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I would rephrase: "Two months ago, I was working twice as hard as I do now to close sales."

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I believe it is an abridged version of " ... to close sales than (I did) back then." Editorially, I would accept it. An alternative construct is to say "... as I did back then". For a specific time you could also say "... as I did in July".

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    I don't see how adding "I did" makes "than" valid. On the other hand "as I did then" is fine but that is because, by using that phrase, you have repeated "as". – chasly from UK Aug 3 '15 at 21:26

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