Interested in Language
Do you accept them?
(1) Now, more and more women than ever (before) go to college.
(2) Now, more and more women than thirty years ago go to college.
(3) Now, more and more women than you can imagine go to college.
Thank you in advance
"Now, more women than ever go to college" requires no explanation.
the others might make sense to me in some kind of context.
Last edited by RonBee; 22-Jun-2008 at 05:29.
Dear riverkid, RonBee and 2006,
I appreciate your help and comments.
Could I ask one more thing for this thread?
Now do you think (1a) works when we add something as in (4)?
(4) Now, more and more women than ever (before) go to college. That's more than people my grandmother's age could imagine.
I had wondered to what degree "more and more" was a comparative construction:a mere idiomatic expression or not.
Through Google search, I found something similar to (1a) (, although I was not sure how acceptable they were).
Considering "Today, an increasing number of women go to college." is a paraphrase of "Today, more and more women [go/are going] to college.", (1a) should mean an ongoing situation without any specific reference to when it started. So therefore (1b) would be wrong. That's what I had thought.
I added (1c) at the last minute to see the general nature of "more and more."
"more and more" should only be used to denote a progressive increase over a period of time. So, to me, it makes no sense to say '(Now)(Today) more and more women go to college.'
It does make sense to say '(Now)(Today) more women go to college than ever before.'
It also makes sense to say, 'In the last thirty years, more and more women have gone to college.'
This means that over the last thirty years, there has been a progressive increase in the number of women going to college.
Last edited by 2006; 23-Jun-2008 at 22:12. Reason: correct "quotation mark" problem
I agree with 2006 about "Today, more and more". That doesn't work for me. What you can say (with my blessing) is: "Today, more women than ever are going to college.