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    The more money he has, the ( X ) he is able to satisfy his wants and needs.

    Hello.
    I found the following passage and the question in an exercise book for Japanese high school students:

    It seems a contradiction that while genuine hatred for money worshippers is widespread, people everywhere often complain about being short of money. Material greediness is not socially or morally desirable, for as the old saying goes, "money is the root of all evil." Yet to a man, money is purchasing power, and the more money he has, the ( X ) he is able to satisfy his wants and needs. This being so, it occurs to many school-children that the obvious solution to the world-wide problem of satisfying all human wants is to have a lot of money printed and distributed generously among the people. [...]

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    What's the most suitable word for the blank '( X )'? (my translation from Japanese into English)


    The suggested answer, according to the book, is 'more'.
    However, I think 'better' is more suitable.
    Does the adverb 'much/more' collocate with the verb 'satisfy'?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 11-Oct-2014 at 17:37.

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    Re: The more money he has, the ( X ) he is able to satisfy his wants and needs.

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22be...2&l=0&sugg=off About 1112 results found using 'better able to'.
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22mo...2&l=0&sugg=off About 284 results found using 'more able to'.

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    Re: The more money he has, the ( X ) he is able to satisfy his wants and needs.

    I agree with you entirely, tzfujimino. 'The better' is better.

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