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    #1

    more of a/more a

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Pete is more a detective than John is.

    2-Pete is more a detective than John.

    3-Pete is more a detective than you.

    4-They are more detective than you are.

    5-They are more detectives than you are.

    6-They are more of detectives than you are.

    I don't think the red ones work, but the purple ones seem to be fine. I use 'more of a'.


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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: more of a/more a

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Pete is more a detective than John is.

    2-Pete is more a detective than John.

    3-Pete is more a detective than you.

    4-They are more detective than you are.

    5-They are more detectives than you are.

    6-They are more of detectives than you are.

    I don't think the red ones work, but the purple ones seem to be fine. I use 'more of a'.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    The red ones don't work. I don't like the purple ones either without "more of a".

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    #3

    Re: more of a/more a

    In my opinion, the "more a" construction doesn't work when comparing someone with someone else. I would use:

    John is more of a detective than Paul is.
    John is more a detective than a policeman.

    Bob is more of a manager than his son will ever be.
    Bob is more a manager than a leader.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: more of a/more a

    Thank you both very much.

    How about:


    7-Pete is as much a detective as John is.

    8-Pete is as much a detective as John.

    9-Pete is as much a detective as you.

    Obviously the meaning changes here, but we still have a comparison. Do these work?

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    Navi.

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