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    Developed the...the comparison - word order

    I often get lost with the word order in such sentences. Is it correct in this case?

    The better the roads become and the faster the traffic gets on them, the worse are the consequences of the accidents which do occur.

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    Re: Developed the...the comparison - word order

    The word order is correct, but it is not the problem.

    The sentence is not a very good one because it requires the reader to have prior knowledge, or to make an inference or an assumption in order to understand it.

    It is a fact of physics that the damage to people in automobile accidents increases as the speed of their vehicles increases. Another obvious fact is that bad roads limit the speed of vehicles. So what the author was trying to say is that better roads enable higher vehicle speeds, thus increasing the damage to people when accidents occur.

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    Re: Developed the...the comparison - word order

    I think "the better..the faster the worse.." construction using comparatives tends to end up with long sentences, especially when you have a few things in succession.

    Having better roads may not be a good thing in that it may bring undesirable consequences. It enables vehicles to move faster, thus resulting in more serious road accidents.
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