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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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Aphorism-like expression about scales and comparisons

I was watching the Youtube video "Incredible video - explainig scale - from earth to space to human body" and wondered about the language. Would it be correct -- or odd? -- to write something along ...
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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 hot. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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, ...