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    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?

    a. I study harder than you.
    b. I study harder than you do.
    c. I study harder than you study.
    d. I study harder than you study hard.

    e. I am taller than you.
    f. I am taller than you are.
    g. I am taller than you are tall.

    h. He can sing more beautifully than you.
    i. He can sing more beautifully than you can.
    j. He can sing more beautifully than you can sing.
    k. He can sing more beautifully than you can sing beautifully.
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    Re: ...than...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?

    a. I study harder than you.
    b. I study harder than you do.
    c. I study harder than you study.
    d. I study harder than you study hard.

    e. I am taller than you.
    f. I am taller than you are.
    g. I am taller than you are tall.

    h. He can sing more beautifully than you.
    i. He can sing more beautifully than you can.
    j. He can sing more beautifully than you can sing.
    k. He can sing more beautifully than you can sing beautifully.
    As you can see, the version where you repeat the adverb or adjective at the end is wrong in each case. The others are acceptable with the shorter forms being the most natural and common.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...than...

    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?

    1. The weather isn't as good as last year.

    2. The weather isn't as good as it was last year.

    3. He worries more than is necessary.
    4. He worries more than it is necessary.

    5. The train might be late, as happened yesterday.
    6. The train might be late, as it happened yesterday.
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    Re: ...than...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?

    1. The weather isn't as good as last year.

    2. The weather isn't as good as it was last year.

    3. He worries more than is necessary.
    4. He worries more than it is necessary. "it" is inappropriate here.

    5. The train might be late, as happened yesterday.
    6. The train might be late, as it happened yesterday. "it" is inappropriate here.
    #3 could be written as "He worries more than necessary."
    #6 could be written as "The train might be late; it​ happened yesterday."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...than...

    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?

    a. I love you more than I do Mary.
    b. I love you more than I love Mary.

    c.
    I love you more than Mary does.
    d.
    I love you more than Mary loves you.

    e.
    Call the doctor as soon as possible.
    f. Call the doctor as soon as you can.
    g. Call the doctor as soon as it is possible.

    h. Cars made in Japan are better than those made in Korea.
    i. Cars made in Japan are better than cars made in Korea.

    j. She is as happy as can be.
    k. She is as happy as she can be.
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    Re: ...than...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    a. I love you more than I do Mary.
    That's unnatural. If it's necessary (e.g. for emphasis), use "... more than I do love Mary."

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    g. Call the doctor as soon as it is possible.
    That's quite unusual. It might work in obscure contexts. For example,

    A: I can't call the doctor now. It's simply impossible; impossible!
    B: Fine! But don't forget: Call the doctor as soon as it is possible.

    The others are okay.

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