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    Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    If I say something to someone who is older than me or someone I want to show my respect, which are proper expressions below?

    A1.My brother spends ore time in the library than John does.
    A2.My brother spends more tim in the library than does John.
    B1.She was very religious, as most of her friends were.
    B2.She was very religious, as most of her friends were very religious.
    B3.She was very religious, as were most of her friends .

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    #2

    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    A1.My brother spends more time in the library than John does.
    A2.My brother spends more time in the library than does John.
    B1.She was very religious, as most of her friends were.
    B2.She was very religious, as most of her friends were very religious.
    B3.She was very religious, as were most of her friends.




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    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    Is there any difference between B1 and B3? I guess that B3 is more common because that's what I'd say.

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    #4

    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    No. A1 and A2, B1 and B2 and B3 have same meaning.ヘ(゚∀゚*)ノ

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    #5

    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A1.My brother spends more time in the library than John does.
    A2.My brother spends more time in the library than does John.
    B1.She was very religious, as most of her friends were.
    B2.She was very religious, as most of her friends were very religious.
    B3.She was very religious, as were most of her friends.

    Does x means it's not grammatically correct? Or it just means it's not proper for spoken English I intended?

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    #6

    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    They're grammatical but not colloquial in spoken English.

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    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    Is there any difference between B1 and B3? As far as (in)formality.

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    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    Hi Carlos.

    I cannot see any difference...

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    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    Neither can I. But you're not a native and neither am I, so I'll wait for an answer from someone more competent. Thanks for your reply anyway.

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    #10

    Re: Are these sentences are proper for spoken English?

    B3 is more formal.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi Carlos.

    I cannot see any difference. (You need a full stop — not an ellipsis.)
    BrunaBC, please read this extract from the forum guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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