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.
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]
I thought so Barb D
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."
Thank you very much Barb D