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Only one of the following is correct, but I am not sure which. My answer key says that Sentence 1 is correct, but I don't understand why. Here they are:

Sentence 1: Therefore, a Platonic idealist believes that these abstract forms are as effective as, if not more effective than, sensory experience at revealing the nature of reality.

Sentence 2: Therefore, a Platonic idealist believes that these abstract forms are as effective, if not more effective, than sensory experience at revealing the nature of reality.

I still think sentence 2 sounds more syntactically accurate.

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    Take out the aside if not more effective than. You'll see that English idiom requires as X ... as Y for the comparison. – deadrat Aug 26 '16 at 15:02
  • It sounds more familiar because the majority of people would probably say it that way; that doesn't mean it's syntactically correct. – Tom Aug 26 '16 at 21:44
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You're injecting a clause into the middle of an already complete sentence. This means, if you remove the clause, does the sentence still make sense?

  • ... forms are as effective as sensory experience ...
    • Yep!
  • ... forms are as effective than sensory experience ...
    • Nope!
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  • Is this method of isolating the "injected" clause to inspect the grammatic accuracy of an additional clause applicable to all cases where a clause is added to a sentence? – user98937 Aug 27 '16 at 3:41
  • I can't think of a situation where it isn't. – Azuaron Aug 27 '16 at 10:17

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