Re: Why is this comparison wrong?
Originally Posted by
bharosey
But then, why is this not correct:
Peter has more pencils than pencils of Jack
A member above remarked that this sentence can be interpreted as "Peter possesses more pencils than the pencils belonging to Jack possess".
Peter has five pencils.
Jack has four pencils.
Peter has more pencils than Jack [does]. (The "does" is optional.) Short for "than Jack has pencils."
This compares the number of pencils Peter has to the number of pencils Jack has.
Peter has five pencils.
Peter has four pens.
Peter has more pencils than he has pens. Peter has more pencils than he does pens. Peter has more pencils than pens.
This compares the number of pencils Peter has to the number of pens Jack has.
Peter has more pencils than [pencils of Jack] -- there is no appropriate comparison. "Pencils of Jack" cannot have their own pencils.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.