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“The most of” as in “the biggest portion”?

I am not sure if this type of usage of “the most of” is correct. If someone can help clarify, I would really appreciate it. Ex: Out of the three siblings, John received the most of the estate their ...
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Word order after “than”: SV or VS

I have two sentences. The difference is the position of "were" after "longer than". Can you teach me how they are different, which is better and why? Inuits of the Bering Sea were isolated from ...
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The reason for inversion after “than” in context

Why, then, do many Europeans call New York their favorite city? They take more readily than do most Americans to its cosmopolitan, its surviving, aloof, European standards, its alien mixture. ...
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Comparison in negative forms

I know about comparison in positive forms: I like movies as much as you do. I like movies not so much as I do TV shows. But is it possible to do the above in negative forms? I don't like movies as ...
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She is more than a friend. [parse]

She is more than a friend. As I understand, "more than a friend" is a constituent. The dependent "than a friend" is a prepositional phrase. The head "more" is a pronoun. Am I right? Thanks!
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Compare with and compare to

I often get confused by the advice about compare to and compare with...especially as I find many native speakers using them differently... Is there any conclusive advice on this matter please?
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Is the Latter Clause of an Action Simile Attributed to the Subject or Object Acted Upon?

In other (hopefully more graceful) words, are both of the following lines valid? "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like a wet rag." "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like ...
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Comparative/superlative forms and types of comparisons

I should complete the sentence with two to five words, including the word in bold. The mall isn't usually so busy. THAN The mall ............. today. - The mall is usually less busy than today....
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What’s the difference between solipsistic and narcissistic?

From my understanding, both solipsistic and narcissistic refer to self-absorption but in different ways. Could someone please explain the difference? Thank you in advance.
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Is it grammatically correct to write “ Such dark as weighs upon the world every night”?

Upon reading the LOTR, I came across heavy usage of 'such as' but in an unfamiliar way. "Such finery as never seen before". I was just wondering if what I wrote sounds correct.
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The use of times

We usually say A is n times larger/bigger than B. Question 1: Is it correct to say: B is n times shorter/smaller than A? edit: Question 2: Is it correct to say: B requires n times fewer ...
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Phrases for qualitative comparison

Suppose we have find a relation between two quantities X and Y. When we say "The more Y, the more X" is it implied that the relation between Y and X is linear?
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Meaning of “improved” when used as an adjective to compare between two different things?

I encountered this sentence today while translating form english: These alloys lack the crystallinity of conventional engineering alloys, and some of their properties —such as higher yield stress ...
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Can I consider both noon and evening meals as dinner? [duplicate]

Can I consider both noon and evening meals as dinner? So, I have been thinking about the conflicts among the meanings of Lunch, Dinner and Supper. I have found many satisfying answers. But the thing ...
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“compare with” vs “compare to”

According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English, The traditional rule about which preposition to use after ''compare'' states that compare should be followed by ''to'' when it ...
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comparison using than those of

I am comparing two qualities of some countries quantitatively from this figure. which sentence is correct or maybe both wrong? (1) Other countries’ figures were around a quarter or less than those ...
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What does 'as favorable to' mean?

What's the meaning of this comparison: One can compare Makan's quality of life as favorable to that of most other peasants in regions. So was Makan's quality of life the same, slightly better, or ...
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Making comparison using “that of” twice

Is this sentence correct? — "The combat of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is more like that of Sekiro than that of Dark Souls."
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Difference between “estimation” and “evaluation”?

I know they have different meanings, as I can find both in some texts, where they are not considered as synonyms. I give an example, but my question is not limited to this example. We then contrast ...
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Are “No more healthy than” and “No more big than” both OK?

I am Japanese and a teacher of English. Now I am at a loss at a topic on "Comparison." This sentence should be considered grammatically OK: Oversleeping is no more healthy than overeating. ...
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does an adjective imply the existence of the opposite

does an adjective imply the existence of the opposite ? Like: You're tall. Does that mean that there is someone shorter than the tall person ? I think that at least one person has to exist which ...
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How do you say in English that something is “genuinely good regardless of its disadvantages”?

I'm writing about a certain product. I want to describe all its shortcomings but then move on to make the point that it is still good, and I can't find a word. Google and Ludwig Guru translated it: '...
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Term for confusing similarities with exact matches

I'm looking for a term that applies to the kind of mindset/thought process where someone sees a couple of similarities between two things, then decides that 'They're the same' or 'They just copied ...
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Existential vs existing

https://wikidiff.com/existential/existent says the differences between existential and existing. Could you give me situations/examples where they are exchangeable, where only one is suitable while ...
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Usage of “as” for comparison

Can we use "as" in this manner? It is very hot here in the summers. However it isn't as hot in the countryside. or It is very hot here in the summers. However in the countryside, it isn't as ...
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incongruent vs inconsistent vs nonconforming

I am wondering which term would be the proper one to describe the problem. We have data sets that are named according to a certain naming convention. What should I call those names that don't follow ...
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“more robust than five years ago” vs. “more robust than it was five years ago”

This is from a question from GMAT. The official correct answer is C. but I am wondering what is the difference between A and C. Both seem correct and clear to me. A large rise in the number of ...
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Is it wrong to use “last” instead of “latter” to address the second element in a list of two?

I am reviewing an academic paper written by somebody else. At some point in this work the second element in a list of two elements is addressed as "the last". I immediately reached for the red pen to ...
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English comparative words (than, so, as, and maybe like): why are they so weird?

I promise this is an actual, answerable question. But I want to explain myself when I call these specific words "weird"; English is so often "exceptional" that referring to any particular part of it ...
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How to under the “not the thing” part?

The original text: A gentleman is, rather than does. He is interested in nothing in a professional way. He is allowed to cultivate hobbies, even eccentricities, but must not practise a vocation....
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Times more negative [closed]

I am writing a paper and recieved a result of lets say 5. Literature says it should be 4. However, it is possible to recieve negative values. Which sentence is correct: The result is 25% more ...
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correct order: Bigger house than or house bigger than

Which one(s) of the following sentences is(are) correct: Example 1: I need a bigger house than my old house. I need a house that is bigger than my old house. I need a house bigger than my old house....
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Should I keep the second “than” in “A is better than B and than C”?

I'm comparing an object A to 2 other objects B and C. Objects names are somehow long so It seems to me that adding another "than" makes the sentence clearer: A also had a significantly better ...
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Speak better than I

I have no idea what the correct option is from the following: Most of the people speak better English than I do German. Most of the people speak better English than my German. Most of the people are ...
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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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Indirect complement or postmodifier in NP

In the sentence [1] He is the most talented artist (that) I know what is (that) I know in terms of function – an indirect complement, licensed by most, or simply a common postmodifier? Why? ...
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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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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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