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    "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever"

    Hi folks,

    Is Hillary saying, "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever had" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever had" in the presidential debate? I've found "than" in some transcripts.

    http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/hillar...bate-tax-plan/

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    Re: "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever

    She says 'that'.

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    Re: "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever

    Thanks, Piscean.
    Do you think some native speakers might use 'than' mistakenly?
    One of the Japanese leading newspapers quoted Hillary as saying, "…the biggest tax cuts…than we've ever had." I emailed them to point out that it should be 'that', but they emailed me back, saying that their native consultants confirmed that both 'that' and 'than' are accepted. I think they should fire those consultants immediately. What do you think?


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    Re: "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever

    Quote Originally Posted by emp0608 View Post
    Do you think some native speakers might use 'than' mistakenly?

    I suppose it's not impossible. By the time they get to 'that' they may think they have said 'bigger cuts'.

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    Re: "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever

    She definitely says that. We Americans don't enunciate the final t very clearly; we replace /t/ with a brief glottal stop. I'm sure it can be challenging for English learners to hear this.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "the biggest tax cutsthat we've ever" or "the biggest tax cutsthan we've ever

    There's no way she says than. As post #4 points out, the only vaguely possible way she might make this mistake is if she thought she had said bigger instead of the biggest, but this is well-prepared language and the superlative (the biggest) nature of what she is saying is crucial to the point she's making.

    Yes, those consultants should be fired immediately! Or at the very least get a severe pay cut.

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    Thanks, jutfrank. I'd settle for a severe pay cut.

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