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    Comparison

    Hello

    Could anyone clear up my confusion regarding Comparison? What I'm not sure is when it's all right to add the verb at the end and when not...

    Example:

    'I spent less money than you'

    Is it incorrect to say: 'I spent less money than you did' ?

    I would be very grateful for help but I may not be able to come back here till Friday evening.

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    Re: Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by Peppermint View Post
    Hello

    Could anyone clear up my confusion regarding Comparison? What I'm not sure is when it's all right to add the verb at the end and when not...

    Example:

    'I spent less money than you'

    Is it incorrect to say: 'I spent less money than you did' ?

    I would be very grateful for help but I may not be able to come back here till Friday evening.

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    No, it's not incorrect.

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    Re: Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by Peppermint View Post
    Hello

    Could anyone clear up my confusion regarding Comparison? What I'm not sure is when it's all right to add the verb at the end and when not...

    Example:

    'I spent less money than you'

    Is it incorrect to say: 'I spent less money than you did' ?

    I would be very grateful for help but I may not be able to come back here till Friday evening.

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    She spends less money than me.
    She spends less money than I do.
    She spends less money than I.

    All of them are correct. The difference is merely stylistic: 'me' is more informal, 'I do' is more formal.

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    Re: Comparison

    Bhaisahab and Pokemon

    Thank you so much for your super-prompt help

    It's particularly good to know that we can use any style out of the three examples given by Pokemon :

    She spends less money than me.
    She spends less money than I do.
    She spends less money than I.


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    Re: Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by Peppermint View Post
    Bhaisahab and Pokemon

    Thank you so much for your super-prompt help

    It's particularly good to know that we can use any style out of the three examples given by Pokemon :

    She spends less money than me.
    She spends less money than I do.
    She spends less money than I.

    Be aware, though, that the last one sounds very formal.

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    Re: Comparison

    Hello again


    I understand that

    'She spends less money than me'.

    is the most usual form.

    How does 'She spends less money than I do' sound?

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    Re: Comparison

    It sounds fine to most people.

    Unfortunately, there seems to be no ideal solution here.

    She spends less money than I. This one will sound very formal to many people.

    She spends less money than I do. Some (not many!) people don't like the "do". They say it's redundant.

    She spends less money than me.
    Some people say it's incorrect to use "me" here. Most speakers use it though, so there's probably no reason to worry about it.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 02-Mar-2011 at 20:07.

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    Re: Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by Peppermint View Post
    Hello again


    I understand that

    'She spends less money than me'.

    is the most usual form.

    How does 'She spends less money than I do' sound?
    To me it sounds quite normal.

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    Re: Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    there's probably no reason to worry about it.
    That's very good to know

    Thanks again to all.

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