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    querry

    Dear Teachers

    Could you pl answer my querry?

    "Synthetic oils burn less efficiently than do natural oils."

    Can we also write:

    "Synthetic oils burn less efficiently than natural oils does"

    Regards.

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    Re: querry

    No. does has to agree with the plural oils, so it should be, "...than natural oils do."

    However, the best way to say this is:

    "Synthetic oils burn less effeciently than natural oils."

    Extra words do not improve a sentence.


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    Re: querry

    Hi Mykyner

    I think the sentence you have suggested needs correction.In this case , what is compared is not the two types of oil, but how well each type of oil burns. So it has to be:

    1. Synthetic oils burns less efficiently than do natural oils.

    or

    2. Synthetic oils burn less efficiently than natural oils burn.

    This is taken from a Princeton review GMAT book. So I think there is nothing wrong in these sentences.

    My querry is:
    Can we write:
    Synthetic oils burn less efficiently than does natural oils

    or Synthetic oil burns less efficiently than does natural oil.

    I think this last sentence is right.Pl help.

    Regards

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    Re: querry

    The sentence I've suggested does not need correction. It is perfect English in both grammar and usage. The fact that you and Princeton Review don't agree doesn't impress me at all. There are plenty of so-called writers at Princeton Review who couldn't write their way out of a paper bag.

    In a comparison, you are always comparing characteristics (like how something burns, how heavy it is, or how it tastes) and not the actual things themselves. THE VERB "TO DO" IS UNNECESSARY IN THESE SENTENCES. "Unnecessary is not the same as "ungrammatical." If you insist on using the verb "to do" then it needs to agree with its subject.

    Sentence 1 is OK.
    Sentence 2 is awkward usage.
    Sentence 3 is ungrammatical. It should read: Synthetic oils burn less efficiently than do natural oils.
    Sentence 4 is OK, but would be better without does.

    P.S. query is spelled with only one "r".

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