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    The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs.

    The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs. (They were here when dinosaurs weren't here. They came into existence before dinosaurs and are still here)

    Please check my sentence.

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    #2

    Re: The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs.

    Delete the first 'The'.

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    #3

    Re: The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs.

    The crocodile has been on Earth longer than the dinosaur.

    Is the above sentence correct?

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    Re: The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs.

    It's grammatical.

    (Not a palaeontologist)

    I suppose it should be

    Crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs were.

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    Re: The crocodiles have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs.

    "Crocodiles have been on earth longer than dinosaurs" suggests that dinosaurs are still here. Rover's addition of "were" at the end makes it clear that dinosaurs are no longer around.

    Given that most people are aware that crocodiles still exist but dinosaurs don't, you could say "Crocodiles existed before dinosaurs".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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