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    Which is better or correct and why?

    A trip to Bali costs seven times as much as a trip to Kyoto.
    A trip to Bali costs seven times more expensive than a trip to Kyoto.

    I googled, putting "costs * times as much as/ costs * times more expensive than" but got similar hits.

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: cost as much as / more expensive than

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Which is better or correct and why?

    A trip to Bali costs seven times as much as a trip to Kyoto.
    A trip to Bali costs seven times more expensive than a trip to Kyoto.

    I googled, putting "costs * times as much as/ costs * times more expensive than" but got similar hits.

    Thank you very much.
    I'd vote for the second sentence:
    A trip to Bali costs seven times more expensive than a trip to Kyoto.

    The first sentence will be correct if you say:
    A trip to Bali costs as much as a trip to Kyoto.

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    Default Re: cost as much as / more expensive than

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Which is better or correct and why?

    A trip to Bali costs seven times as much as a trip to Kyoto.
    A trip to Bali costs seven times more expensive than a trip to Kyoto.

    I googled, putting "costs * times as much as/ costs * times more expensive than" but got similar hits.

    Thank you very much.
    A trip to Bali costs seven times more [it`s seven times more expensive] than a trip to Kyoto.
    A trip to Bali costs as much as [it has the same price as] a trip to Kyoto

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    Default Re: cost as much as / more expensive than

    My opinion:
    You can say "is seven times more expensive"

    You can say "costs seven times as much"

    But you cannot say "costs seven times more expensive"

    [a writer, but not a teacher]

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    I thought so Barb D

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    I thought so Barb D
    And what's the difference between "costs" and "is" in your sentence?
    Can you explain?

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    Default Re: cost as much as / more expensive than

    I see it as the same situation as:
    This box weighs twice as much as that box.
    This box is twice as heavy as that box.
    But not: This box weighs twice as heavy as that box.

    Is describes a characteristic - it's expensive, it's heavy. It's more expensive, twice as expensive, three times as heavy.

    You don't use that characterisic (expensive, heavy) with a verb liks costs or weighs.
    You don't say "It costs expensive" or "It weighs heavy."

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    Thank you very much Barb D

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