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    comparatives

    1) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than yesterday's.
    2) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than it was yesterday.
    3) Let's hope to spend a nicer day compared to yesterday's.

    Are they all correct? If they are, according to a native English speaker, which is the most natural in speaking?

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    Re: comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than yesterday's.
    2) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than it was yesterday.
    3) Let's hope to spend a nicer day compared to yesterday's.

    Are they all correct? If they are, according to a native English speaker, which is the most natural in speaking?
    4) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than yesterday.

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    Re: comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    4) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than yesterday.
    Thanks so much for the alternative... but are my sentences wrong?

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    #4

    Re: comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Thanks so much for the alternative... but are my sentences wrong?
    Greetings,

    I am a high school pupil from Singapore.

    They are not correct. When you use comparatives, the two things in comparison must be of the same function (noun versus noun, adjectives versus adjectives and so on) or the same type (day versus day, food versus food and so on).

    In the first case, you compare day and yesterday's. We do not say yesterday's day or tomorrow's day or whatsoever.

    In the second case, you compare 'a nicer day' and 'it was yesterday'. 'A nicer day' is a noun phrase whilst 'it was yesterday' is a phrase which bears meaning of a complete sentence. They are not of the same function.

    In the third case, the structure is wrong. We would say that 'Let's hope that today is nicer compared to yesterday' (without an apostrophe and s).

    Cheerio,

    Pham Duc Minh Anh
    Last edited by phamduc.minhanh; 22-Sep-2011 at 19:15.

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    Re: comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than yesterday's. No. "yesterday's" what? Use of the possessive is not correct.
    2) Let's hope to spend a nicer day than it was yesterday. No. To "spend" (an activity) and a reference to "it" (an entity) are not compatible. "than we did yesterday" would be OK.
    3) Let's hope to spend a nicer day compared to yesterday's. No. Same as #1 "yesterday's" what?

    Are they all correct? If they are, according to a native English speaker, which is the most natural in speaking?
    I would also revise my #4 above to "Let's hope to spend a nicer day than we did yesterday."
    b.

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