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In the following sentence, "There were more casualties than was reported." Can I interpret it as "There were more casulties than the casualties that were reported"? Therefore, should this sentence be changed to "There were more casulties than were reported"?
Then if present tense is used here, should the sentence be changed to "There are more casualties than has been reported" or "There are more casualties than have been reported"? I'd like to know what the word "than" may refer to and how to decide whether a singular form or a plural form should be used in such kind of sentences.
I tend to think plural should be adopted because in most cases, the casualties happened previously can't be only one. But I'm not a native speaker. Would love to hear what native speakers suggest.
I think you could justify both cases - as you imply, depending on whether "than" refers to the number of casualties or to "it" in "It was reported that there were X casualities."
How about, "There were more casualties than reported." (This also evades the problem).