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.
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]
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