I have a question on comparisons.

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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 would say "preferable to living". – Centaurus Nov 6 '15 at 23:47
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    In the English that I speak it would be "preferable to" You wouldn't say, "I prefer tea than coffee" it would be "I prefer tea to coffee." – chasly - supports Monica Nov 6 '15 at 23:47
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the quesion is about the right choice without any research/reference. – user140086 Nov 7 '15 at 6:24

The proper preposition for part D is "to" so it should be "was preferable to living". "Than" should be used to indicate which is greater, such as "was more preferable than".

  • +1 for making the connection with 'more'. – chasly - supports Monica Nov 6 '15 at 23:50
  • But I've noticed that Americans on this site nearly always say different than. Do you say different than or as I would George is different to John? – WS2 Nov 6 '15 at 23:58
  • @WS2 - If you add 'more' then even Brits say 'different than'. Example: John is different but Jane is even more different than John." – chasly - supports Monica Nov 7 '15 at 0:13
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    Please don't induce scope creep in answers/comments. There's already a question about different than. – Andrew Leach Nov 7 '15 at 0:14
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    @chaslyfromUK But that than is a dependent of more not directly a dependent of different. Consider John is different to Bill, but Jane is more different to Bill than John is. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Nov 7 '15 at 5:48


preferable to living with a lie

See, for example, the sentences in the Oxford dictionary

See also preferable to/than

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