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    He is taller than her.

    Dear Sir,
    Please let me know what is the correct sentence from these two and the difference in meaning if both are correct.
    1. He is taller than her.
    2. He is taller than she is.

    Thanking for your cooperation,

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    Re: What is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSKums View Post
    Dear Sir, No salutation is necessary, and you may get an answer from a female member of the forum.

    Please let me know what is the correct sentence from these two and the difference in meaning if both are correct.

    1. He is taller than her.
    2. He is taller than she is.

    Thanking for your cooperation, Unnecessary. Just click 'Thank' when you get a useful answer.

    Kind regards

    GSKums Unnecessary.
    Your sentences are both correct and mean the same.

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    Re: What is correct?

    Is "He is taller than she" also correct?

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    #4

    Re: What is correct?

    It is, but it sounds very formal.

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    #5

    Re: What is correct?

    Some teachers may still insist that "He is taller than she" is the correct sentence and the one with "her" is wrong. You should ignore them.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 19-Mar-2017 at 14:22. Reason: Quote the sentence in referring to.
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    Re: He is taller than her.

    Quote Originally Posted by GSKums View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Please let me know which is the correct sentence of these two and the difference in meaning if both are correct.
    1. He is taller than her.
    2. He is taller than she is.

    Thanks for your assistance​.

    Kind regards,

    GSKums
    This is a gray area. As you can see from the above answers, native English speakers will disagree.

    Personally, I like example 2 better. If you turned example 1 around, it would say "Her is shorter than he" - which sounds terrible and isn't grammatical.

    But a third option, "He is taller than she," doesn't sound very good, either. Even though it's grammatical, it has a stuffy, formal, snooty sound.

    So I'd use example 2. But that doesn't mean anyone above is wrong. As you can see, "than her" is common usage and widely accepted.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 19-Mar-2017 at 15:33.
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    Re: What is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Some teachers may still insist that "He is taller than she" is the correct sentence and the one with "her" is wrong. You should ignore them.
    I'm not a teacher, so you don't have to ignore me!
    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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    Re: He is taller than her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    This is a gray area. As you can see from the above answers, native English speakers will disagree.
    The members here have not disagreed.

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    Re: He is taller than her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    If you turned example 1 around, it would say "Her is shorter than he" - which sounds terrible and isn't grammatical.
    The solution is not to turn it around. In "He is shorter than her," her is a disjunctive pronoun - a pronoun of one form used as another. Unlike French, English can use object-form pronouns as subject pronouns only at the end of a phrase, not at the beginning.

    Grammarians of the past decreed that pronouns couldn't be used so flexibly in English, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. They invented a rule which plagued generations of English students and which should be unceremoniously disposed of.
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    Re: He is taller than her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The members here have not disagreed.
    Yes. But GS rightly noted that "[s]ome teachers may still insist that 'He is taller than she' is the correct sentence . . . ." That suggests a gray area.

    Meanwhile, I said the second example is better, and not all the members agreed with that. For instance, Rover said (with good reason, as I said): "Your sentences are both correct and mean the same."

    I don't infer from that that Rover likes the second example better. So we disagree.

    I have several reference books that demand "she" or "she is." I don't! As far as I'm concerned, both are acceptable. Then I expressed my preference and explained why.

    Are you concerned that I'm misleading GSK? That would be bad!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 19-Mar-2017 at 16:30.
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