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    the greater, to emerge

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Research shows that the earlier hearing loss is identified and treatment begun, _______ of preventing or reducing the disabling effects.
    a. the greater the likelihood b. the greater is the likelihood
    the key is 'a'. But I think 'b' is also possible. Is that right?

    No.2
    One of the earliest sciences____ was astronomy.
    a. emerging b. to emerge
    The key is 'b'. But since it already took place shouldn't it be 'to have emerged'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: the greater, to emerge

    No.1
    The one verb suffices:
    ... the earlier (that) hearing loss is identified ... , the greater (that) the likelihoodof ... .
    No.2
    The key works, and "to have emerged" also fits.

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    Re: the greater, to emerge

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. I understand both of your explanations. There is another sentence in my exercise book which I think is of the same structure:
    The higher the standard of living, the ____________.
    a. greater is the amount of goods consumed
    b. greater the amount of goods consumed.

    The key is 'b'.
    Could you please explain if 'a' is possible?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    No.1
    The one verb suffices:
    ... the earlier (that) hearing loss is identified ... , the greater (that) the likelihoodof ... .
    No.2
    The key works, and "to have emerged" also fits.

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    Re: the greater, to emerge

    Ellipsis

    The higher the standard of living, the greater (is) the amount of goods consumed.

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    The higher the standard of living, the greater is the consumption of resources per person.
    overpopulation dilemma, The | Human Quest | Find Articles at BNET


    ... the higher the standard of living, the greater the ecological footprint.
    State of the Environment Report 2007 :: Fundamental Pressures - Population and Consumption

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    Re: the greater, to emerge

    Hi Soup,
    Thank you so much for your help.
    According to your examples, unlike the first one I posted the other day both of the sentences are correct.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
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    Ellipsis

    The higher the standard of living, the greater (is) the amount of goods consumed.

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    The higher the standard of living, the greater is the consumption of resources per person.
    overpopulation dilemma, The | Human Quest | Find Articles at BNET


    ... the higher the standard of living, the greater the ecological footprint.
    State of the Environment Report 2007 :: Fundamental Pressures - Population and Consumption

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