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    proofread these sentences

    Hello, Teachers.

    Would you please help me proofread the following sentences?

    What I heard was more a made-up story than a real occurrence.
    I heard more a made-up story than a real occurrence.

    Where I arrived was more a town than a city.
    I arrived at more a town than a city.
    I arrived more at a town than a city.
    I arrived more at a town than at a city.

    It would be very nice if you could give me some explanation if any of the sentences above is wrong.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: proofread these sentences

    What I heard was more of a made-up story than a real occurrence.

    Where I arrived was more of a town than a city.

    You say that a place is 'more of a...' meaning 'looks more like a..'.

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    Re: proofread these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    What I heard was more of a made-up story than a real occurrence.

    Where I arrived was more of a town than a city.

    You say that a place is 'more of a...' meaning 'looks more like a..'.

    not a teacher
    Thank you for your reply. :)

    I think your sentences are correct, but I would like to hear some comments on my sentences in #1 still.

    In fact, I wanted to imitate the following sentences: (1 and 2 are from English-Chinese dictionaries, 3 is from internet)
    1. Swedish phytosociology now presents more a tradition than a well-defined method.
    2. The book seems to be more a dictionary than one on grammar.
    3. He is more diligent than intelligent.

    According to 1 ~ 3, it seems that there is a construction 'more A than B'. But I didn't find any instruction about such construction in my grammar books. So I have some questions as follows:
    (1) Can A and B be plural nouns or uncountable nouns? For example, they're more some/five children than some/five men.
    (2) Can A and B be adverbs or verbs? For example, he worked more diligently than intelligently.
    (3) Can A and B be prepositional phrases? For example, I arrived more at a town than at a city.

    It would be very nice if someone could give me some explanation for the usage of that construction.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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