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    Question The... the...

    "The farther A from B is, the greater the potential of A and the smaller potential of B is."

    Is this sentence OK? (My main concern is whether I should put is or are at the end.)

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    Re: The... the...

    "is", not "are". You could also get rid of the verb entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    "is", not "are". You could also get rid of the verb entirely.

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    OK, thanks. May it simply be
    "The farther A from B, the greater the potential of A and the smaller potential of B"?
    (It's for academic writing, by the way -- it if has any significance here.)

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    Re: The... the...

    Would lesser potential change the meaning you're going for?

    If academic prose, you could drop the verbs. What about?

    The farther A from B, the greater A's potential and the lesser B's potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Would lesser potential change the meaning you're going for?
    If academic prose, you could drop the verbs. What about?
    The farther A from B, the greater A's potential and the lesser B's potential.
    Once I heard in academic writing dropping verbs in this construction should be very careful.



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    Re: The... the...

    Oh, then drop away. Your construction is safe. It doesn't lend itself to ambiguity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Oh, then drop away. Your construction is safe. It doesn't lend itself to ambiguity.
    OK then. From now on I will have no fear to drop verbs away: I will be brave, I will not hesitate, I will fight for it!

    Nyggus the Brave

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    Re: The... the...

    OK, but don't paint your face blue for the presentation or your thesis defence. <giggles>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    OK, but don't paint your face blue for the presentation or your thesis defence. <giggles>
    Why not? Fortunately, I am not going to defence any thesis: I am after this stuff. But I am going to paint my face blue this evening, when I will be going to sleep, to fight with my nightmares: too often they do say, "Do not drop verbs. Do NOT drop verbs. DO NOT DROP VERBS!" I will, I will be brave, and all that thanks to you!


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