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    contrasted comparatives

    Is it correct to say in English:
    "the bigger the house, the higher the price" ?

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    Re: contrasted comparatives

    It is correst just as the higher the house, the bigger the price!


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    Re: contrasted comparatives

    "The bigger they are, the harder they fall" is a proverb.

    There are other expressions built on the same pattern. Louis Prima recorded a song called "The closer to the bone, the sweeter the meat" (the singer praises his skinny girlfriend), and "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice" rejects pale skin as a beauty ideal.

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    Very nice examples and L Prima is so often forgotten Thank you.


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    Indeed! I love Louis Prima. Another jazz standard I couldn't think of earlier is "On Your Toes:"

    See the pretty apple, top of the tree,
    The higher up the sweeter it grows,
    Picking fruit you gotta be
    Up on your toes!

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    Re: contrasted comparatives

    From the sublime to the ridiculous (well, less sublime anyway):

    "The more I see you the more I want you" (Andy Williams, I think.)

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    Excellent contrast Bob!


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    Re: contrasted comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    From the sublime to the ridiculous (well, less sublime anyway):

    "The more I see you the more I want you" (Andy Williams, I think.)

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    Thanks a lot

    Hi, everyone.

    I'm Segu. I was the person who asked if it's correct to say the bigger the house, the higher the price.
    I have another question. Is it OK to say, "working papers series" ?
    Again, thanks for your replies, guys.

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    Re: Thanks a lot

    I've thought of a couple more:

    "The sooner the better" = as soon as possible
    "The more the merrier" = '[the party will be] more fun for everyone if lots of people come': 'Is it OK if I bring a couple of friends tonight?' 'Yes, certainly. The more the merrier.'

    Quote Originally Posted by segu View Post
    Hi, everyone.

    I'm Segu. I was the person who asked if it's correct to say the bigger the house, the higher the price.
    I have another question. Is it OK to say, "working papers series" ?
    Again, thanks for your replies, guys.
    It'd be better to use either 'series of working papers' or 'working paper series'. Of course, if the series is called "Working papers" it'd be fine to say 'the "Working Papers" series.

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