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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  26/JUN/2007 12:53 AM
Assunto:  than or than with?
 
Mensagem: 

  Please compare the following sentences. Do both of them seem correct or make sense to you? If they do, can you tell me whether they differ and in what they differ?

1. "What if forum members (a) found discussion with forum lurkers (b) far more engaging and insightful than the other forum members (c)??"

Groups (a) and (c) are one and the same.  Group (b) is clearly a second group. 

 

This construction simply doesn't work.  It makes no sense.  It is comparing

the discussions between groups (a) and (b) with discussions between groups (b) and (c).  There is no difference.  No comparison can be made.  This car cannot be better than this car.  Today cannot be hotter than today.  This car can be better than that car.  Today can be hotter than yesterday.

 

2. "What if forum members found discussion with forum lurkers far more engaging and insightful than with the other forum members?"
Groups (a) and (b) are one and the same.  Group (b) is clearly a second group.    

This construction does work.  True, (a) and (c) refer to the same group, but now you are comparing the discussions between groups (a/c) and (b) with discussion between members of groups (a/c).  Now a comparison can be made.

 

Must have been a slow day in the office, huh?

 

 

 


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than or than with?  –  Márcio Farias  25/JUN/2007, 8:17 PM
 than or than with?  –  Dale/CR  26/JUN/2007, 12:53 AM
than or than with?  –  Márcio Farias  26/JUN/2007, 9:41 AM

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