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    Exclamation "Don't spend any longer on it than is necessary."

    Hello all,


    Why do we always use 'be + necessary rather that "it is/was necessary"?
    Is there any rule for this type of grammar in English?

    "He took out a bigger loan than was necessary."

    "Don't spend any longer on it than is necessary."

    But, in the following we use 'subject +verb' after than
    "She is two years older than I am".

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    Re: "Don't spend any longer on it than is necessary."

    We don't. It's fine to say:

    - He took out a bigger loan than necessary.
    - Don't spend any longer on it than necessary.
    - She is two years older than I.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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