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    The more~

    Ex: The more you do it, the more you regret it.

    The more you work, the less you make mistake.


    What's the grammatical construction of the above?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: The more~

    It's a pair of co-ordinate clauses with each one being comparative: as one famous golfer said, when congatulated on his luck: 'The harder I practise the luckier I get'.

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    #3

    Re: The more~

    The second sentence is ungrammatical. It could be

    The more you work, the fewer mistakes you make.

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    Re: The more~

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    The second sentence is ungrammatical. It could be

    The more you work, the fewer mistakes you make.
    ... or 'the less you make mistakes' (where 'less' refers to the verb and not to its object). 'The fewer mistakes you make' is unimpeachably right, but often when people use 'fewer' there's a subtextual [At least I know when to use "less" and when to use "fewer".']

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    Re: The more~

    The more I work: adverbial subordinate clause, introduced by NP 'the more' functioning as phrasal conjunction

    the fewer mistakes I make: superordinate clause, introduced by preposed object NP 'the fewer mistakes'

    N.B. In both phrases 'the', meaning ' to the extent (that), by so much', functions adverbially.

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