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    Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    Hi there,

    Are the following sets of sentences both correct in structure?

    The pollution this city is 4 times as that in the other city.
    The pollution in this city is 4 times as much/big as the other city.



    I really don't think the second one is correct. I just thought it was a familiar structure!

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    Re: Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    The pollution in this city is four times as bad/serious as the other city.
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    Re: Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The pollution in this city is four times as bad/serious as the other city.
    "... as [the pollution] in the other city." 'In' is necessary. You can't compare pollution with a city.

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    Re: Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "... as [the pollution] in the other city." 'In' is necessary. You can't compare pollution with a city.
    No doubt the subject of pollution covers so many aspects viz. pollution of the air, water, land, noise pollution, etc but comparison between two cities can be made based on certain criteria e.g. the air quality of the cities
    http://www.airqualitynow.eu/comparing_home.php
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    Re: Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    No, you've misunderstood me, tedmc.
    You can compare the pollution in one city with the pollution in another city.
    You can compare one city to another city.
    You can't compare the pollution in one city to another city.
    Naturally, there are various words left out (ellipses). I'm saying you need 'in' to make it strictly grammatical. Better still than my last example is "The pollution in this city is three times as bad as that in the other city."

    "The pollution in Shanghai is three times as bad as Beijing." No.
    You will see that bad construction occasionally in newspapers and other places, but that doesn't make it right. We are trying to say, "The pollution in Shanghai is three times as bad as the pollution in Beijing." Some words can be left out, as in my examples, but not all, and not just any.

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    Re: Are the two sentences both correct? (Language for Comparison)

    Yes, I know the preposition is required. It was left out inadvertently in my earlier post as the focus was on the adjective.
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