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Is the syntax correct in the following sentence?

You don't know half as much about New Zealand as you know about Australia.

I am trying to tell that your knowledge about New Zealand is less than half of your knowledge about Australia.

Can it be simplified as follows?

You don't know half as much about New Zealand as about Australia.

  • Why stop there? You can delete about as well: You don't know half as much about New Zealand as Australia. – FumbleFingers May 27 '17 at 13:10
  • Just ’cuz you may know something about Australia doesn’t mean you know anything about New Zealand. – Jim May 27 '17 at 15:38
  • You do do know about Australia, but you only know half as much about NZ. – k1eran May 27 '17 at 16:02
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Yes, it can be simplified in the manner you put. In fact, I believe, that's how most natives use it.

  • If the sentence is to be changed to mean that your knowledge about New Zealand is less than half of "my" knowledge about Australia, I will have to use the entire sentence, right? - You don't know half as much about New Zealand as I know about Australia. – Explorer May 28 '17 at 17:27
  • Yeah. That's true. – kasa May 29 '17 at 0:41

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