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    #1

    as you get older/the older you get

    1) As you get older, it becomes more difficult to learn a foreign language.

    2) The older you get, the more difficult it becomes to learn a foreign language.

    I think #2 is the same in meaning as #1, but what is the effect of this "the more...the more..." phrasing?
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    #2

    Re: as you get older/the older you get

    I agree that sentences one and two mean the same thing. (Neither of those sentences contain the phrasing you are talking about.)
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    #3

    Re: as you get older/the older you get

    I would like to ask about the rhetorical effects of repeating "the + comparative adjectives (or adverbs)" as in #2 and sentences like below.

    3) The higher you climb, the colder it gets.
    Compared to "As you climb higher, it gets colder" how does #3 sound?
    Does it sound more dramatic or formal or bookish or preferred in writing, etc...?
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    Re: as you get older/the older you get

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I would like to ask about the rhetorical effects of repeating "the + comparative adjectives (or adverbs)" as in #2 and sentences like below.

    3) The higher you climb, the colder it gets.
    Compared to "As you climb higher, it gets colder" how does #3 sound?
    Does it sound more dramatic or formal or bookish or preferred in writing, etc...?
    The form "the higher...the colder..." highlights the comparative verbs and sounds more catchy. No, it is neither formal nor bookish.
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    Re: as you get older/the older you get

    I always say that the symmetry of the expression emphasises that the two things are correlated and happen at the same time.
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    Re: as you get older / the older you get

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Does it sound more dramatic or formal or bookish or preferred in writing, etc...?
    There are more colloquial ways of saying it, but this is not bookish or formal.

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    Re: as you get older the older you get

    old winy, welcome to the forum.

    Please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

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    I deleted your post because it lacked any punctuation marks.

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    Angry Re: as you get older/the older you get

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I would like to ask about the rhetorical effects of repeating "the + comparative adjectives (or adverbs)" as in #2 and sentences like below.

    3) The higher you climb, the colder it gets.
    Compared to "As you climb higher, it gets colder" how does #3 sound?
    Does it sound more dramatic or formal or bookish or preferred in writing, etc...?
    Two things. One, I think you explained things better in that post (#3) than you did in the first one. Two, I have an example sentence for you using the phrase "the more ... the more ...." (See below.)

    The more you study the more you learn.

    (Pretty soon you'll be teaching me. )
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