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    Question Correct sentence

    Hi teachers,

    I am taller than him.
    OR
    I am taller than he is.

    Are these both correct?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I am taller than him.
    OR
    I am taller than he is.

    Are these both correct?

    Thanks.
    You will hear both but the second is grammatically correct.


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    Re: Correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I am taller than him.
    OR
    I am taller than he is.

    Are these both correct?

    Thanks.
    It is also correct to say :
    "I am taller than he"

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    Re: Correct sentence

    I would say that both are equally correct in current use of English.

    If you leave the verb in the sentence than you must use the subject pronoun, whereas if you leave the verb as understood then you can either use the subject pronoun (formal) or the object pronoun (informal).

    Main verbs can be substitued with auxiliaries. The use of the object pronoun is much newer and probably was originally only a colloquial form but it is now deeply entrenched in everyday use and I don't think it can really be considered grammatically incorrect any more.

    A further example to illustrate my point:

    WITH VERB
    She works harder than I work. (repetition of work sounds unnatural)
    She works harder than I do. (used a lot and sounds very natural)

    WITHOUT VERB
    She works harder than I. (very formal, sounds a little unnatural)
    She works harder than me. (probably the most commonly used form)

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