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    #1

    'than' followed by a finite verb

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    1. Don't attach any greater importance than what is actually possessed by it.


    2. Don't attach any greater importance than is actually possessed by it.
    3. Don't attach any greater importance than actually possessed by it.

    Are the second and third sentences grammatically correct with a finite verb and a verbal phrase used respectively after 'than', possibly a preposition?


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    Last edited by vpkannan; 22-Jan-2017 at 10:06.

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    Re: 'than' followed by a finite verb

    They're all unnatural and unnecessarily wordy.

    Don't attach greater importance than necessary.
    Don't attach greater importance than it deserves.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'than' followed by a finite verb

    I would put, e.g., "to it" after "importance" in the above sentences suggested by emsr2d2.

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    Re: 'than' followed by a finite verb

    They may be wordy, but kindly answer the question whether the use of a finite verb after 'than' is correct in the second sentence.

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    Re: 'than' followed by a finite verb

    1 and 3 are incorrect. 2 is OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: 'than' followed by a finite verb

    Quote Originally Posted by vpkannan View Post
    1. Don't attach any greater importance than what is actually possessed by it.


    2. Don't attach any greater importance than is actually possessed by it.
    3. Don't attach any greater importance than actually possessed by it.
    Quote Originally Posted by vpkannan View Post
    They may be wordy, but kindly answer the question whether the use of a finite verb after 'than' is correct in the second sentence.
    There's a degree of complexity beyond which the theoretical correctness of a sentence becomes irrelevant.
    I am not a teacher.

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