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    How to analysis the structure of this sentence?

    Drop plans for an EU president, since a strong personality (like Tony Blair) is unlikely to get the post and a weak individual in the job could hurt Europe more than helping it.



    I don't understand the "could hurt Europe more than helping it".I'm confused with the word "helping".Can someone help analysing the structure of this sentence?

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    Re: How to analysis the structure of this sentence?

    More than takes a nominal (e.g., a pronoun, a noun, gerund, a clause).

    Below, in [1], the underlined clause functions as a nominal:

    [1] A weak individual could hurt Europe more than s/he could help Europe.

    Note that, the pronoun s/he is cumbersome, and the reason the writer opted for a reduced clause:

    [2] A weak individual could hurt Europe more than helping Europe.

    Does that help?

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