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Questions tagged [correlative-comparatives]

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Is the definite article required in “the more…, the more…”? [migrated]

Sentence 1: More they earn, more they spend. Sentence 2: The more they earn, the more they spend. Which is/are correct?
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the comparative … , the comparative … and predication [duplicate]

I know people have asked about the correlative comparative construction, but none of the previous posts concerns its specific analysis. How would you analyze the boldfaced part of #2 below? The ...
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The bigger, the smaller and the greater [closed]

Is my grammar in the following sentence correct? It should also be noted that the bigger the measured distances, the smaller the variability and the greater the accuracy. Or should it be instead be ...
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Why does “The X, the Y” require a comma?

I was instructed to add a comma between get and the below, but I was never told why: The further towards the right you get, the more liberal they will be. Why are we taught to do this?
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What are sentences like “the longer X, the more Y” called and can they be used in formal written English?

What is the type of sentence exemplified below called? Is it appropriate to use it in a scientific paper and formal written English in general? 1. The more pronounced the variation, the more the ...