Think about the following sentence.

A culture in which the citizens share similar religious beliefs and values is more likely to have laws that represent the wishes of its people than is a culture where citizens come from diverse backgrounds.

I have 2 questions regarding this sentence.

1) Is that highlighted is a main verb of the second part of the sentence or is it just an auxiliary verb?

2) Is it grammatically correct to omit this is.

1 Answer 1



  1. The verb is which you highlighted and asked about is called a copula.

  2. Yes, it can be omitted and the sentence will still be correct.

  • Thanks for your answer! Allow me to ask 1 additional question. Suppose the sentence goes like "A looks taller than B", is there a need to include such a copula for the B part? It doesn't sound right to say "A looks taller than looks B". Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 7:27
  • @LTW Oh no you wouldn't say that for sure (the second one). The first is correct. That's not exactly a copula btw. "Is" is a special type of verb called a copula or copulative verb. It's a form of "be" or "being" and they are used to link ideas. If you did want to use the second form you would rearrange such as: "A looks taller than B looks". It's too verbose anyway. The first form is preferable.
    – Kace36
    Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 7:33

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