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    more than and rather than

    Dear teachers
    I always get in trouble with using these two words "more than and rather than" in sentences. As far as I am concerned about those two words, "more than" is used with positive meaning and "rather than" is uses with negative meanings. If I I say "USA has the best education system rather/more than other countries do", which one should I use?

    Thanks.

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    Re: more than and rather than

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Dear teachers
    I always get in trouble with using these two words "more than and rather than" in sentences. As far as I am concerned about those two words, "more than" is used with positive meaning and "rather than" is uses with negative meanings. If I I say "USA has the best education system rather/more than other countries do", which one should I use?

    Thanks.
    After "best", neither of them work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: more than and rather than

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Dear teachers
    I always get in trouble with using these two words "more than and rather than" in sentences. As far as I am concerned about those two words, "more than" is used with positive meaning and "rather than" is uses with negative meanings. If I I say "USA has the best education system rather/more than other countries do", which one should I use?

    Thanks.
    Both phrases deal with preferences, but in different ways.

    I will buy a house rather than rent an apartment.
    I like owning a house more than renting an apartment.

    George chose to play the flute rather then the tuba.
    George likes the flute more than the tuba.

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    Re: more than and rather than

    (Or maybe George loves the tuba but has a bad back! )
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: more than and rather than

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    (Or maybe George loves the tuba but has a bad back! )
    Does anybody really like the tuba?

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    Re: more than and rather than

    Polka bands and the guy who wants to dot the i in Ohio? (I understand playing the tuba enables you to play the Sousaphone.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: more than and rather than

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Does anybody really like the tuba?
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