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    #1

    than Tom's/that of Tom

    My intelligence is higher than that of Tom.
    My intelligence is higher than Tom's.

    Are both sentences correct?

    To me, both are fine.


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    #2

    Re: than Tom's/that of Tom

    Yes - The second is more usual. The first is awkward and a bit pedantic.

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    #3

    Re: than Tom's/that of Tom

    Additionally, the structures here aren't parallel:

    1a. My intelligence is higher than that of Tom.
    1a. My intelligence is higher than the intelligence of Tom.

    Compare:

    The climate of Shanghai is milder than that of Tokyo.
    The climate of Shanghai is milder the climate of Tokyo.

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    #4

    Re: than Tom's/that of Tom

    Thanks for your replies.

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