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    as/than

    Are all of the sentence acceptable? If not, could you tell me the reason?
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    He is as old as I.
    He is not as/so old as I.

    He is older than I.
    He is younger than I.

    She is more beautiful than her sister.
    She is less beautiful than her sister.

    I have as many books as he.
    I have not as/so many books as he.

    I have more books than he.
    I have less books than he.
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    Re: as/than

    There is one mistake, and it has to do with countable/uncountable nouns. Can you find it?

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    Re: as/than

    I and he at the ends of the sentences are not natural in American English, except perhaps for a few descendants of English teachers. Use me and him.
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    Re: as/than

    I think 'I am' and 'he does' are possible there.
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    Re: as/than

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    There is one mistake, and it has to do with countable/uncountable nouns. Can you find it?
    I see.

    I have fewer books than he.
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    Re: as/than

    ... than he does.
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    Re: as/than

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    ... than he does.
    Ya, I see.

    I have more books than he does.
    I have less books than he does.

    Because those are 'his books' (the books that he has), not 'he' (person), right?
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    Re: as/than

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Ya, I see.

    I have more books than he does.
    I have less books than he does.

    Because those are 'his books' (the books that he has), not 'he' (person), right?
    English teachers used to tell their students, against all evidence, that he is the subject pronoun required in statements like "It is he." Everyone else said "It is him." If they wanted to avoid what their teachers insisted was incorrect usage, they found another way to say what was on their mind.

    Your second sentence still has an error related to countable nouns.
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    Re: as/than

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Your second sentence still has an error related to countable nouns.
    Thank you!
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    I have more books than he does.
    I have fewer books than he does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    English teachers used to tell their students, against all evidence, that he is the subject pronoun required in statements like "It is he." Everyone else said "It is him." If they wanted to avoid what their teachers insisted was incorrect usage, they found another way to say what was on their mind.

    I am sorry, but at my English level I can't understand what you really mean.
    Could you say it in a more easier way?
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    Re: as/than

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    English teachers used to tell their students, against all evidence, that he is the subject pronoun required in statements like "It is he." Everyone else said "It is him." If they wanted to avoid what their teachers insisted was incorrect usage, they found another way to say what was on their mind.

    Your second sentence still has an error related to countable nouns.
    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I have fewer books than he does.
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    I am sorry, but at my English level I can't understand what you really mean.
    Could you say it in an more easier way? ["Easier" is a comparative adjective. It means the same thing as "more easy" (though we don't use that construction very often). It's redundant to say "more easier".]
    There was a period when some people (loosely called "grammarians") thought that English should be "improved". They looked for areas of the language that seemed illogical, and created grammar rules to fix them. The question of whether you should say "it's him" or "it's he" was one of those areas. The grammarians created a rule that you have to use subject pronouns like "he" in that kind of phrase. Saying "it's him" breaks that rule.

    Both written and spoken English had freely used the construction "it's him" for a long time. They continued to use both forms, but more careful writers and speakers tried to follow the artificial rule. Nowadays, well-informed lovers of English ignore it.

    Some English teachers still teach their students that only "it's he" is correct. I have a feeling this is common in non-Anglophone countries.
    I am not a teacher.

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