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    more animal than human

    Here is a sentence using more ... than...: That man, once a senior official, was more animal than man.
    I wonder if I can say That man, ..., was more an animal than a man.
    I remember seeing such sentences as: He is more a friend than a teacher. It seems "more" can also be followed by "a +noun".
    I don't see the difference between these sentences. Could you explain it to me? Thank you.

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    Re: more animal than human

    more animal than man
    It's better without the articles because we're talking figuratively about the person's nature IMO. The example more a friend than a teacher does work, so there's no problem with the structure, but I think the meaning is better without the articles in the animal/man example.
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    Re: more animal than human

    I see. Thank you so much.

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    #4

    Re: more animal than human

    Hi Tdol,
    As both are fine, is
    this natural to say - 'He is more friend than teacher.' ? It does not seem natural to me.

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    Re: more animal than human

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    If I was to use the articles here, I would probably also include "of" or "like":

    He was more of a friend than a teacher.
    or
    He was more like a friend than a teacher.

    Google seems to agree:

    "was more of a friend than" - 146 thousand
    "was more like a friend than" - 68 thousand
    "was more a friend than" - 14 thousand

    Incidentally:
    "was more friend than" - 71 thousand

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