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  1. cecil
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    better to retire early than to work (helP!)

    better to retire early than work another day
    better to retire early than to work another day




    which is correct?

    i always thought when you are comaring verbs (here retire and work-two actions)

    you should use than to (verb)

    but i see so many writings written without to after than -> than (verb),
    are they same? or one emphasizes more than the other?


    I also see so many irragular exceptions when it comes to deal with than

    something like

    It is bigger than had been thought (negation of it always happens?)
    and some "subject-verb inversion" after than.
    Could you please tutor me these usages?

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    Re: better to retire early than to work (helP!)

    1.1 (It’s) better to retire early than (to) work another day.
    1.2 (It’s) better to retire early than to work another day.

    Both sentences are fundamentally ok. The infinitive marker ‘to’ is elided in sentence 1.1. The ‘to’ is required to its grammatical analysis but not to its meaning.

    2. It is bigger than (which) had been thought.


    This time the relative pronoun ‘which’ is omitted in the sentence.

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