# How do you parse comparison structures?

How do you parse structures that make a comparison – specifically as ... as and more/-er ... than?

Example 1:

He is as cute as an angel – here I would analyse as cute as an angel as an AdjP functioning as a subject predicative complement, where cute is the head of the AdjP, but how do I analyse the rest of the AdjP?

Example 2: He is much older than I am – here I would analyse much older than I am as an AdjP functioning as a subject predicative complement, where older is the head of the AdjP, much is a premodifier, and than I am is an adjective complement. Is this correct?

Thank you!

• Is there no-one who can help me out here? – Hannah Mar 6 '18 at 11:21
• Hannah, is it possible you're over-complicating something which is actually more simple? – Robbie Goodwin Mar 13 '18 at 23:59
• Robbie, sorry I didn't see this before! It may very well be that I'm over-complicating (not the first time in that case...) – so, what would the simple answer be then, would you say? :) – Hannah Apr 10 '18 at 12:58
• Sorry, Hannah. I really don't understand how you could make that so complicated unless it belonged between you and you teacher… – Robbie Goodwin Apr 10 '18 at 22:34
• Um... ok... I'm not sure I understand what you mean, but how would you parse the above examples in a less complicated way then? And I haven't really got a teacher... I just want to know how to parse comparison structures :) – Hannah Apr 11 '18 at 15:28