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    finite verb after 'than'

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    'Having more team members than are required is not advisable.'

    Is the use of finite verb 'are required' after 'than' is correct? Shouldn't it be as follows:

    'Having more team members than (how many) are (actually) required is not advisable.'

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    Re: finite verb after 'than'

    It looks okay to me. Comparative clauses are obligatorily reduced in some way. You don't even need to include "are":

    Having more team members than required is not advisable.

    The meaning is "x team members are required; any value > than x is not advisable".

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    Re: finite verb after 'than'

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    It looks okay to me. Comparative clauses are obligatorily reduced in some way. You don't even need to include "are":

    Having more team members than required is not advisable.
    Using 'required' without 'are' after 'than' looks grammatically logical because both 'having' and 'required' are participles. However, using 'are required', a finite verb, after 'than' looks out of place because finite verbs require some subject. However, if that kind of usage is idiomatic English, I must accept it.

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