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    The bigger and heavier is a body, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body is, the greater its force of gravity is.

    The bigger and heavier a body is, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body, the greater its force of gravity is.

    Which one is right? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    The bigger and heavier is a body, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body is, the greater its force of gravity is.

    The bigger and heavier a body is, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The bigger and heavier a body, the greater its force of gravity is.

    Which one is right? Please.

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    The bigger and heavier is a body, the greater is its force of gravity.

    The later "is" is hyperbaton, right? Why can't the former "is" ? Please.

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    All the heavenly bodies in space like the moon, the planets and the stars also exert an attractive force on objects. The bigger and heavier a body is, the greater is its force of gravity. http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_3d9ec16c01000b3a.html
    List of 18 Types of Subject/Verb Inversion

    Ex: The closer an object (is) to another object, the greater (is) the gravity between the two objects.


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    So, it is the fixed structure: the adj/adv + subject + (verb), the adj/adv +(verb) +subject. Right, comrade?

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    Example structures

    The bigger
    [that] the dog gets,
    the more savage
    [that] it becomes.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    The more "private"
    [that] the utilities become,
    the more public and political
    becomes the outcry against them.
    => no [that], verb first

    The brighter
    its colour,
    the more poisonous
    [that] it is.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    The more
    [that] they're together, and
    the more
    [that] they have a laugh together,
    the better
    [that] team spirit becomes.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    The fewer
    the risks
    [that] the savings institution takes,
    the better
    [that] the chances of your money being there when it is needed.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    The sooner
    [that] the patient is under the care of a skilled team,
    the better
    [that] the prognosis is.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    Alternative,

    the better
    is the prognosis
    => no [that] + verb

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    The bigger and heavier
    [that] a body is,
    the greater
    is its force of gravity.
    => no [that] + verb

    Alternative,

    the greater
    [that] its force of gravity is.
    => [that] + subject + verb

    Note that, ending a sentence with a copular; i.e., is, goes against the rules of Latin (< Greek) grammar, and so is deemed a less conservative structures by some with respect to formal English; e.g., exam English. Having said that, speakers will and do end CIs (comparative inversions) with a copular; e.g., the bigger a body is, the greater its gravity is because the pattern is easier.


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    The bigger and heavier a body, the greater its force of gravity is.

    So, this sentence is acceptable in the oral, isn't it?

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