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    #1

    The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    1. The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    2. The higher the tree is, the stronger the wind is.


    I found sentence 1 on the net and it is explained that

    'The second clause in this sentence is inverted because of

    the noun subject followed by be verb', which means there can't be

    an inversion if the subject of second sentence is a pronoun.



    I also found the below sentence 3 from my grammar book.


    3. Younger people today see the world more clearly than do their elders.


    The book says an inversion will occur if a subject of second sentence

    is long. - Tough I don't know how long is long enough to invert.



    Then, are 2 and 3 grammatical and do we really need to invert in those two cases?
    Last edited by wotcha; 14-Sep-2012 at 19:43.

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    #2

    Re: The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The higher the trees is are, the stronger is the wind.

    2. The higher the tree is, the stronger the wind is.

    'These are both OK. Inversion is not compulsory. You can also omit the verb in either case: 2. The higher the tree [is], the stronger the wind.'


    I found sentence 1 on the net and it is explained that

    'The second clause in this sentence is inverted because of

    the noun subject followed by be verb', (interesting use of 'because'; it probably means 'The second clause in this sentence is called inverted because its subject is followed by the verb') which means there can't be an inversion if the subject of second sentence is a pronoun. (How does that mean it? It's true, but your source doesn't fill me with confidence.)



    I also found the below sentence 3 from my grammar book.


    3. Younger people today see the world more clearly than do their elders.


    The book says an inversion will may occur if a subject of second sentence
    I've no idea what this string of words might mean.


    Is that all right?



    Is that correct?
    If I knew what it meant, I'd tell you.

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    #3

    Re: The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If I knew what it meant, I'd tell you.

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    I meant the subject of second clause; their elders


    "Younger people today see the world more clearly than do their elders"

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    Re: The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I meant the subject of second clause; their elders


    "Younger people today see the world more clearly than do their elders"
    If you are asking whether that sentence is correct; it is.

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    #5

    Re: The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The higher the trees is, the stronger is the wind.
    The higher the tree is, the stronger the wind is.
    The higher the trees are, the stronger the wind is.
    The higher the tree is, the stronger the wind.
    The higher the trees, the stronger the wind.

    I prefer the versions without the final "is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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