"In a second study by the same university, around half of 2,000 women polled admitted they spend more time looking at other women than they do men."
More: Women spend more time checking out other women than men, ...
Does do in the underlined part function as a substitute
ionfor looking at or avoiding repeating looking at?
Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 09-Dec-2012 at 22:12. Reason: Dear James used "substitute" instead of "substitution", and I should follow suit.
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1. I believe that the complete sentence for analysis and diagramming is:
"In a second study by the same university, around half of 2,000 women who were polled admitted that they spend more time
looking at women than they spend time looking at men."
a. As you said, "do" is a substitute for "spend time looking at."
b. As you said, the purpose is to avoid repeating "spend time looking at."