I have a question about 'the' with comparatives.
Mike is the taller of the two brothers. (1)
Of the two brothers Mike is (the) taller. (2)
Am I right in my assumption that 'the' is a must in (1) and optional in (2)? If so, will it be right to say that the article with a comparative form depends on the position of an of-phrase: whether it follows the form or precedes it?
I've moved your post to start a new thread. It is not closely enough related to the original poster's question to remain where you put it.
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.