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    Default Q about the usage of " more than?"

    Hello:

    Is the following sentence correct? If yes, how will you explain the usage of "more than" or "than" here? Does the sentence omit some words? (of course I have no problem understanding the meaning of the sentence)

    He has done more than write successful novels.

    why " write " is used after than??


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    Default Re: Q about the usage of " more than?"

    Quote Originally Posted by paula
    Hello:

    Is the following sentence correct? If yes, how will you explain the usage of "more than" or "than" here? Does the sentence omit some words? (of course I have no problem understanding the meaning of the sentence)

    He has done more than write successful novels.

    why " write " is used after than??


    paula
    There are certain words in English like than, except, besides, and but that allow as object an infinitive construct. I don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it. It's just the way it is.

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    Default Re: Q about the usage of " more than?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    There are certain words in English like than, except, besides, and but that allow as object an infinitive construct. I don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it. It's just the way it is.
    hello,

    I don't quite get it? You said "infinitive construct" isn't that "to +V?"
    But here the sentence is not like this?

    1. He has done more than write successful novels.
    2. He has done mroe than writing successful novles.
    3. He has done more than written successful novels.

    To be more sepecifically, which of the above sentence is correct? and which is not correct?

    confused Paula

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    Default Re: Q about the usage of " more than?"

    Quote Originally Posted by paula
    hello,

    I don't quite get it? You said "infinitive construct" isn't that "to +V?"
    But here the sentence is not like this?

    1. He has done more than write successful novels.
    2. He has done mroe than writing successful novles.
    3. He has done more than written successful novels.

    To be more sepecifically, which of the above sentence is correct? and which is not correct?

    confused Paula
    #3 does not sound right.
    It does take an infinitive form of the verb = the basic, unconjugated form without the preposition "to".
    You asked me about #1 before. Since you brought up #2, it is a correct form as well.

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