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. 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.

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  • 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". – Sekots Reivan Jul 24 '17 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 Jul 24 '17 at 7:33

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