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    #11

    Re: He is taller than her.

    It's difficult to deny that this is a grey area. The question is how grey?

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    #12

    Re: He is taller than her.

    As gray as me. As I. As I am. Grr.
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    #13

    Re: He is taller than her.

    I'd say either "as grey as me" or "as grey as I am". I wouldn't say "as grey as I".
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    #14

    Re: He is taller than her.

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    Hello, GSKums:

    May I add my two cents?

    I suggest the following:

    1. If you want to follow the rules found in traditional secondary school books, then say and write "Raul is taller than she."

    a Some books feel that sentence is short for "Raul is taller than she [is tall]."
    b. Some university-level books disagree.

    2 I suggest that in ordinary conversation, you just say, "Raul is taller than her."

    a That is definitely how most Americans speak nowadays.
    b. If you say "she, " some of your listeners may actually think that you are speaking "bad" English, for they probably do not know the rule.
    c. The goal of good communication is to "connect" with your listeners/readers. There is no value in speaking/writing in a way that will confuse them.

    3. I suggest that in formal writing, you might consider writing "Raul is taller than she."

    a. There is a greater possibility that people who read formal writing may be aware of the rule.

    4. Whichever word you decide to use, be consistent.

    a. If you choose "she," then do NOT change it to "her" during the same conversation, speech, letter, or article.

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    #15

    Re: He is taller than her.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    . . . I suggest that in ordinary conversation, you just say, "Raul is taller than her."

    a That is definitely how most Americans speak nowadays . . . .
    Parser is exactly right on all counts. But let's not skip "than she is," which is an important part of American English.

    As Parser says, it's highly unlikely that you'll ever hear an American use "than she" (yuck!), but it's very common to hear "than she is." And while it's absolutely true that many Americans would say "than her," there are plenty of us who don't use "her" that way.

    So, GSKums, we'll all understand you, no matter which you choose. I'll make you a deal. If you'll use "she is" if you ever visit the US, I'll use "her" if I ever visit England.
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