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  1. Newbie
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    can I say:"He is taller than her." or "He is taller than she."

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    #2

    Re: asking for explanation

    Hi najmas

    He is taller than her.
    He is taller than she (is).

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    #3

    Re: asking for explanation

    "He is taller than her." Right
    "He is taller than she." Wrong. You can say: "He is taller than she is."

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    Re: asking for explanation

    hi Mr. soup
    I don't think "he is taller than her" is correct because "than" is not a preposition, or this is what I was told

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    Re: asking for explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    "He is taller than her." Right
    "He is taller than she." Wrong. You can say: "He is taller than she is."
    That's it. You are totally right, or I think so

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    #6

    Re: asking for explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by najmas View Post
    can I say:"He is taller than her." or "He is taller than she."
    "He is taller than her."

    He is taller than she (is)." Strictly speaking only this is correct, but both are in common use.

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    Re: asking for explanation

    From a very strict standpoint it should be "taller than her" because you are comparing a subject with the object of the sentence, thus using an objective pronoun (her) to compare. In everyday usage it is also commonly acceptable to say "taller than she" as an incomplete sentence but complete idea. You could be comparing one subject to the subject of a second clause impling: "taller that she (is)".

    Don't worry, this has been an ongoing argument within the academic community.

    Hope it helps.

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