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    #1

    a bigger backward step than

    Which are correct:

    1) Losing the game on Monday was a bigger backward step than winning the one on Friday.

    2) Losing the game on Monday was a backward step bigger than winning the one on Friday.


    3) Losing the game on Monday was a bigger backward step than the forward step of winning the one on Friday.

    4) Losing the game on Monday was a backward step bigger than the forward step of winning the one on Friday.

    My problem with '1' is that 'winning the game on Friday' was not a backward step. It was a step forward. But I think people use '1' and the 'logical' problem does not bother anyone. '2' seems better to me. I don't know about '3' and '4'. They are a bit convoluted maybe.

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    #2

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    They're too convoluted for me.

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    #3

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    "Losing the game on Monday has left us further behind, even despite our win on Friday."

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    #4

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    Monday's loss left us behind where we stood after Friday's victory.

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    #5

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    None of them work for me.

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    #6

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    Our loss on Monday hurt us more than our win on Friday helped us.
    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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    #7

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    Better.

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    #8

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Monday's loss left us behind where we stood after Friday's victory.
    I think the point is that Monday's loss left them behind where they stood even before Friday's victory. I assume that any loss would leave you behind where you were before the loss.

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    #9

    Re: a bigger backward step than

    Losing the game on Monday more than offset the gains we made by winning Friday's game.

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