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    Hi,
    Is this a complete sentence and can be used in an essay?
    "The larger the pipe diameter, the more the expansion"
    Thanks.

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    Yes, but don't forget to end with a period. I would say greater instead of more, but yours is not wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The ..., the ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammad_kr View Post
    Hi,
    Is this a complete sentence and can be used in an essay?
    "The larger the pipe diameter, the more the expansion"
    Thanks.
    No, it's not a complete sentence. This would be:
    "The larger the pipe diameter is, the more it expands."
    However, it's a common English usage. You could use it in an essay if you tacked it on to a sentence. "There is a relationship between the two variables: the larger the pipe diameter, the more the expansion." I'd accept that.

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    I was assuming appropriate context. Early scientists realized a basic fact, or something like that. Ray is right of course in that it's not a complete sentence but it is a construction very frequently used.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The ..., the ...

    I really appreciate your help.
    Thanks.

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