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contiluo

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I am also confused with the grammar rule.
Which of the following sentneces are acceptable? :?:

(1) His sister is five years younger than he, but she is taller than he.

(2) His sister is five years younger than him, but she is taller than him.

(3) His sister is five years younger than he is, but she is taller than he is. :up:
 

dungdinh2002

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I am also confused with the grammar rule.
Which of the following sentneces are acceptable? :?:

(1) His sister is five years younger than he, but she is taller than he.

(2) His sister is five years younger than him, but she is taller than him.

(3) His sister is five years younger than he is, but she is taller than he is. :up:
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(1) ==> The alternative, omitting the verb as in this sentence, is considered to be too formal and is avoided by most British English speakers.

(2) ==> In informal English it is common to hear the adjectival comparative/superlative form of two-syllable adverbs.

(3) ==> Many educated English speakers prefer to use the nominative plus a verb rather than the accusative in such comparative sentences, especially in formal situations.

Hope it would help!
 

bds51

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Hello Contiluo,
The sample comparison sentences are rather wordy. In North American English, we'd say either:
1. His sister is five years younger than him (or than he is) but she's taller.
Very few would say 'His sister is five years younger than he, but she is taller than he.'
 
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