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    'than' as pure conjunction or rel. pron.

    In the sentence "The rent was much higher than I could afford", is the word 'than' a pure conjunction, or a pseudo-relative pronoun used as the object of 'afford'? Thank you a lot.

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    Re: 'than' as pure conjunction or rel. pron.

    It is the word used after a comparative.

    Higher than ...
    Lower than ...
    Bigger than ...
    Smaller than ...

    The rent was much higher than [the amount] I could afford.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'than' as pure conjunction or rel. pron.

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    In the sentence "The rent was much higher than I could afford", is the word 'than' a pure conjunction, or a pseudo-relative pronoun used as the object of 'afford'?
    than - definition. American English definition of than by Macmillan Dictionary

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    Re: 'than' as pure conjunction or rel. pron.

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    In the sentence "The rent was much higher than I could afford", is the word 'than' a pure conjunction, or a pseudo-relative pronoun used as the object of 'afford'? Thank you a lot.
    I don't see "than" as the object of "afford". It is a conjunction being used in a comparison.

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