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Comparisons-vehicle part: Which one is a the better way to say?

I have a question regarding the short forms in comparisons particularly in the second half. Of the two below, which one is the better way to say? Option 1: Things work differently in China than they ...
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Explain what this comparison actually means! What does the writer want to convey in this comparison? In what way does Latin relate to French rap? [migrated]

Can anyone please explain what this comparison actually means? The Arabic of “Frozen” is frozen in time, as “localized” to contemporary Middle Eastern youth culture as Latin quatrains in French rap. ...
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Name of this lyrical device comparing oneself to something that's described by the same word, but in another sense of the word?

Warning: The examples contain some offensive words, but I believe that is not against the rules here? Lately I've been listening a lot to a certain hip-hop album, in which almost every track uses a ...
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The number is smaller, fewer or less than?

I always make confusion about the correct usage of the comparative for "irregular" adjectives (I don't know if this is the correct term). Recently I had to write "the number of X is ...
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The usage of the words “different” and “from”

How is the Coca Cola recipe different in the U.S. from the U.K.? My question is whether this is the correct form of this type of question or it should be "from in the U.K." or even "...
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not matched by vs. unmatched by

I want to use two sentences as examples for my questions: i) The amount of A will not be matched by that of B. ii) The amount of A will be unmatched by that of B. Is it correct to say that: ii) only ...
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Assume vs. presuppose

I've read all related online posts but still found quite confused in distinguishing the two. I tried to construct the following examples: i) My colleagues are wrong in alleging there are more crimes ...
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Recommend something “better” or “more” than

I've been wondering what would be more grammatically correct to say: I recommend this better than this. Or I recommend this more than this. Are there better (colloquial) ways of expressing this ...
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Two different comparisons (“more … than” and “same … as”) in one sentence

Consider two tasks named A and B with the following properties: Task A requires more effort than task B. Task A yields as much reward as task B. I want to say both statements in one sentence. Which ...
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“as in” or “as opposite to” in showing dissimilarity?

The usage of "as in" in sentences with negative meaning: Home dialysis methods have come to the forefront among renal replacement therapies due to the minimal risk of infection transmission ...
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Looking for a phrase that involves comparison to overlooked stepsister

In certain places I have read a phrase that involves comparing someone/something to an overlooked stepsister (originating from Cinderella maybe). It's supposed to convey the neglected status of that ...
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How do I maintain the comparison between two things in this sentence without it sounding redundant? [closed]

Consider this sentence: "Like drinking water, bleeding blood is normal." The phrase "bleeding blood" is clearly redundant, but were I to exclude "blood," I would ruin the ...
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You may schedule a meeting vs You can schedule a meeting [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is more accurate? You may schedule a meeting as per your convenience. vs You can schedule a meeting as per your convenience. Or is there a better sentence to ...
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Is it obligatory to write the word “as” twice in comparison of equality?

This really baffles me since I've always regarded the "as...as" form as standard but I've heard a lot of people say phrases like "cool as heck" and even "solitary as an oyster&...
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What is the grammatical structure after the comma?

Even with the proposed budget cuts and new taxes and fees, the city's projected deficit for the next budget year is getting worse: administration officials announced that they believe the gap will be $...
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Comparison (using Ellipsis)

I am trying to figure out when do we need to use an action verb explicitly and when can we omit it using the (ellipsis concept). For Example: John is taller than Jim [is] (I understood that here is ...
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How would you use “that,” “that for,” “those,” “those for,” etc. in comparisons?

I came across this question in SAT prep. "For both commercial and, arguably, creative reasons, then, no transition was more successful than those from the Golden Age to Silver Age." A) NO ...
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Rhythm - help me finish this phrase…The voice of an angel, the rhythm of a _____________ [closed]

Please help me finish this phrase, the voice of an angel, the rhythm of a _______________.
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“a couple”: adverbial phrase

Page 229 of Garner's fourth edition reads When couple is used with comparison words such as more, fewer, and too many, the of is omitted <have a couple more shrimp>. In the predicate of the ...
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usage of more common/more frequently/more often

Imagine this conversation between 2 persons :- Person A to Person B: This event never takes place. Person B to Person A: This event is more common (meaning takes place at regular intervals) than you ...
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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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