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