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    more than what I have right now

    I have trouble trying to figure out if I need "what" in sentence (1) below.

    (1) My boss is going to give me five more hours a week than I have right now.

    (2) My boss is going to give me five more hours a week than what I have right now.

    Should I keep or leave out "what"? I am really confused. Please help me. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: more than what I have right now

    It's unnecessary. In fact, it's better without 'what'.
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    Re: more than what I have right now

    It may be a BE versus AE issue, but I find the sentence #2 flows better with the added "what" .
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    Re: more than what I have right now

    This American-English speaker prefers the version without what.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: more than what I have right now

    This BrE speaker wouldn't use what.

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    Re: more than what I have right now

    Well, ""than what I have right now" is a common phrase where I come from, and I doubt it is a Canadian construction.

    Just for giggles I did a Google search for the phrase and found over 400,000 hits.

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22th....0.DnPveTaYspg

    So I am not alone in feeling that the use of "what" in this phrase is OK. I stand by my earlier comment.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Jul-2017 at 22:21. Reason: Changing 'ok' to 'OK'.
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    Re: more than what I have right now

    It's another difference between variants. I, too, consider "what" wrong here. If I were trying to demonstrate something a "common" (which is sometimes used to mean "poorly educated") person might say, I'd use something like "I've got less clothes than what my sister does". (Not only is the "what" wrong, but it should be "fewer", not "less". "Does" at the end is optional.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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