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Questions about grammaticality of comparisons

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How do you derive an adverb from “difficult”?

Consider this sentence: The solution to this question should no more difficult be obtained than that to the other question. Is this sentence grammatical? Is difficult here used as an adverb?
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What is the rhetorical device in this type of sentence?

When she sang she could make a fence post cry. I received this answer from a reliable source that the whole thing’s a metaphor, last part is anthropomorphizing (the fence crying).
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The comparison using a single “not”

Today I'd like to present my question about the passablity of what I'll post below. Just as I talked with my american friends(I am Japanese) on discord, a certain person said to me; Are romantic ...
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Is this “as~as” comparison construction acceptable?

From my understanding, the main formula for an "as~as" comparison is: (subject + verb)(object) [as {adjective/adverb/noun} as] (complements: clause/noun phrase/adjective/adverb) For example: He is as ...
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similar to or similarly to

Using the example "to obtain similar to or similarly to," the latter sounds very strange even though similarly is definitely being used as an adverb. The sentence: "The fragments were obtained similar ...
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Is this an illogical comparison and if so how to fix it.

The sentence is: I want to build machines that benefit others in the same way my mother’s life has been bettered.
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Question on a quantity comparison

I read a sentence: There were more than five times the number of students in chemistry as the number of students in physics. Does that mean (1) the number of students in chemistry divided by the ...
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As much as with verb [closed]

I was wondering how sentences should be formed when comparing things/actions using "as much as". In this example,I am comparing "eating food" and "drinking water". But I am not sure which one I can ...
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What does this part of the sentence mean? “..where I had not so much arrived as simply stopped” [duplicate]

"Perhaps because I was beginning to know all too well not indeed where I was going, but where I had not so much arrived as simply stopped"---whats the function of "as" before "simply stopped"
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Has “N times less” become commonplace? [duplicate]

I've heard more and more people saying "A is N times less than B" in many contexts. I even saw in a news journal (forgot whether it was Time or Newsweek), "The object was 3 times closer than the ...
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Consume versus Subsume? [closed]

After reading the definitions of both, I can't see how these words differ, however, given their prefixes, I assume they must. Could someone explain to me the difference between 'consume' and 'subsume'...
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Is “than did” correct in the following sentence, and if so, why?

"A study finds older people who ate ... leafy greens had a slower rate of decline ... than did people who rarely ate vegetables."
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Equal or lesser value to?

I am designing a poster for a sale where the second item is 50% off. As is standard for such sales, the second item's price must be the same as or less than the price of the first item. My boss wants ...
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How to say that something is very immature relative to something

I'm looking for an expression to describe a situation when something (e.g. technology, software, science) is much less developed than some other representative of this category. Thus, much more error ...
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A comparison in two sets of quantifiers and adjectives

I learn almost every word on my own, in my productive if a bit peculiar way. I inevitably get perplexed by the ambiguity and the interchangeabilty between the words that I discover with more details. ...
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When can two pronouns being compared in a sentence be of different types?

I came across a sentence today - He resents your being more popular than he is I always thought that while comparing two pronouns they should always be of the same type, like, She is taller than ...
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Questions on 'not so much as'

I understand 'not so much A as B' = 'not A but rather B' Q1: Would it be correct to understand 'They are not so much lovers as friends' = 'They are more like friends than lovers' Q2: This ...
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Comparing infinitives and nouns

I'm wondering whether it's grammatically correct to compare an infinitive with a noun using 'than'. For example: "Does he like to play in band better than gym?" she asked? I don't hear much usage of ...
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Difference of “as/like in the previous week” [duplicate]

Does the following correctly express the difference between "as" vs. "like" in this context? As in the previous week, Jimmy climbed the tree. Jimmy climbed the tree and he also did it one week ...
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Parallelism of as…as

For these two sentences, why do we need to use "he was" and "it is"? What two things are being compared in these sentences? Henry was almost as famous a philosopher as he was a poet. It is as ...
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Use respectively to compare 2 separate categories?

Thank you everyone. I want to write this sentence: The frequency of triple hit, double hit, and standard MM are 20%, 20% and 60%, while the average survival is 3-4, 5-6 and 8-10 years, ...
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Comparison after colon; use “and” or “or”

does the following sentence make sense? In general, triple combinations are better than double: melphalan, prednisone and thalidomide (MPT); bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP); or ...
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Omission of 'like' in a comparison

I started reading the Neuromancer and I'm facing a difficulty, especially in the following excerpt: Ratz was tending bar, his prosthetic arm jerking monotonously as he filled a tray of glasses with ...
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A has 3 sweets, B has 4 sweets, C has 5 sweets. Is it correct if I say: “A has fewer sweets” [closed]

A has 3 sweets, B has 4 sweets, C has 5 sweets. Is it correct if I say: "A has fewer sweets" or it must be "A has the least number of sweets"? I generally mean: are "fewer" and "more" used in group of ...
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Reverse or Inverse? [closed]

As you can see from the line chart attached below, the red line has a down-then-up pattern while the purple and orange's pattern is up-then-down. Is it correct to say the red line has a reverse ...
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What's the difference between “ classic”and “classical”? [duplicate]

I have run into quite a few occasions when I confused " classic" and " classical".
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“…nicer than any other…” vs “…as nice as any other…”

On a practice test, this sentence was given with the instructions to select the correct version: The English teacher, Mrs. Jensen, is nicer than any teacher in the whole school. This is obviously ...
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Meaning of “X is the biggest since Y”

This has confused me for a very long time. I might be overthinking this and this may be a super simple concept, but if anyone can confirm or clarify, I'd really appreciate it! :-) When the media use '...
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Can I use “than” without comparative adjectives or adverbs?

I'm wondering whether I can use "than" without comparative adjectives or adverbs like the following sentence: They actually benefit from not having pets than having them. It sounds right to me. But ...
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Can something be described as having particular advantages, without (explicit or implied) comparison to something else which lacks these?

Context During class in my current university course we are often asked to give advantages and disadvantages of certain scientific methods. When asked the question "What are the advantages of X?", ...
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Housing versus holding

I (non-native) have a situation. I'm writing the following sentence, which I'm not sure is completely correct. "The cosmos: housing particles that, over time, formed complete galaxies" I wonder if ...
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Semicolon for list of examples between two types of thing

I just read that you should use a semicolon for a list where the list items contain commas. However, my sentence doesn't have a list as the main "list" only two items. Or do two items already count as ...
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what kind of part of speech is to be placed at the end of comparison structures

I am practicing writing reports for the IELTS writing task 1. The question requires to compare and contrast data in a diagram. So, now I am quite lost between all the comparison structures. ...
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What is the scope of “more” when making a list of comparatives?

Lets assume I have an object X of which I want to say (1) it's more important than Y and (2) it's smaller than Y (Y is left implicit in the examples.) If I say X is more important before saying X is ...
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Small and Big/As small as the bigger

Have a look at this passage: Theorem 1 and also the other author's result suggest that to have topological rigidity, it is necessary to require the manifold to be contained in a geodesic ball, ...
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How to deal with the multi-layered construction: “The more …, the more …, (and) the more …, the more …”

{My version}: The more we buy, the more we sell, and the more problems we solve, {cause/effect break} the more our city will flourish! Normally, to express the idea of "as X {cause} increases, Y {...
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Comparison Sentence Brief Structure

I have two sentences to combine: she went to the concert by car. He went to the concert by train. I am trying to keep it short: She went to the concert by car, while he by train. Is this sound? NB: ...
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Difference between yare and nimble?

Based on the definitions, yare1 seems like a subset of nimble, that is to say, anytime you could use yare1, you could use nimble1 instead, but nimble2 and nimble3 are clearly (I think) distinct from ...
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Hesitating between “as” and “than” to oppose two words

I am writing a letter and I am not sure about this sentence: Being a parent is as much of a choice than a responsibility. On various translation tools, it is suggested to use "as" instead of "than"...
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Are there any dialects of English where it is possible to say 'same to' instead of 'same as'?

"different" can be used colloquially by many speakers of English with either "than", "to" or "from". Does anyone know of any varieties of English where people might say "same to"? For instance, ...
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Using “like how” vs. “just as” after a comma in a comparison

In a sentence comparing two related ideas, it strikes me as strange to say ____________________, like how ____________________. For example, The car was painted when it was old, like how the house ...
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Use of auxiliary verbs in a comparison structure

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 ...
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“Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s (is)”

Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s. Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s is. These two sentences both seem to be correct to me, but I am in doubt about ...
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How to concisely say that pairs of items are on par with each other?

A1 and A2 are on par with each other. B1 and B2 are on par with each other. So A's are on par with each other. B's are on par with each other. I want to say 3 and 4 in one single ...
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Integration with / to

I work in software industry and English is my second language I have been always using "integration with this software" but today I heard my manager who is native English speaker saying "integration ...
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What is the difference between “at this time”, “on this time” and “at the moment”? [closed]

For example: Mike isn't at home at the moment. Can I use "at this time" or "on this time" in this situation? What is the difference between them?
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The precise meaning of “to have something more to do with somebody/something”?

There are other questions about the meaning of "to have something to do with somebody/something". My question here is about "to have something more to do with somebody/something". There is a sense of ...
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Can singular nouns be compared to plural ones? [closed]

In the end of the Pink Panther episode "Sink Pink", the pink panther says: "Why can't Man be more like animals?" Does this comparison employ correct grammar? It sounds wrong to me. Link to ...
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What is the difference between “found” and “establish”? [duplicate]

In the sentences below: Quora was established in 2009. Quora was founded in 2009. They seem interchangeable in the sentences above. I was told that 'found' was informal form of 'establish', ...
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Weightier vs Heavier

I first thought weightier doesn't exist, but it does! https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/weightier