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    better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    I saw a YouTube video in which dogs are surfing.

    1. These dogs have better reflexes than I do.
    2. These dogs have better reflexes than me.
    3. These dogs have better reflexes than mine.

    Which is correct? (I guess 1 or 2 is.)

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    The following page may be helpful to you. http://www.grammar-monster.com/lesso...han_he_him.htm
    According to it, 1 and 2 are correct.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    I am not a teacher.

    3. could be understood as, 'These dogs have better reflexes than my dog (or dogs).'

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    3. could be understood as, 'These dogs have better reflexes than my dog (or dogs).'

    Good catch.
    I was assuming it was just the wrong way to say "These dogs' reflexes are better than mine" (mine=my reflexes)
    It's perfectly correct if you are comparing the reflexes of these dogs to your dogs.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Jul-2014 at 23:46. Reason: typo
    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: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    Roman55 and Barb_D, which would you use, 1 or 2?

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    Surprisingly, no-one has yet suggested "These dogs have better reflexes than I".

    I would use either "... than I do" or "... than me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    I will suggest "than I". It is grammatically correct.

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    Ahh, I lost my bet with myself. I had come up with the two users most likely to suggest "than I". I had picked the other one but Mike, you beat him/her to it!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use either "... than I do" or "... than me".
    I am not a teacher.

    So would I.

    I think the reasoning found by following Matthew's link sums it up pretty well.

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    Re: better reflexes than I do / me /mine

    I think it is a reasonable compromise and it is grammatically correct.

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