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Bruce
are these right? i am taller than he is . i am taller than he i am taller than him. which is right ?how to undertand the sentences above grammatically?what are omitted ?what is the complete one? and ,my book is better than yours .is it ok to add "is "after "yours"?
Oct 20, 2012 4:29 PM
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Actually, "I am taller than him" is perfectly correct. See this site: http://www.eslbase.com/grammar/comparative-superlative There is an argument for comparison when some verb is used: He runs faster than I (do). Rather than: He runs faster than me. However, "He is faster than me" would be considered correct. There is considerable argument about this, and I haven't read up lately on who is winning.
October 20, 2012
I am taller than he is ---->; CORRECT I am taller than he --------->; CORRECT I am taller than him. ------->; WRONG (Though used a lot, but incorrect) My book is better than yours ------->; CORRECT My book is better than yours is ----->; NEVER HEARD OF IT There is a huge explanation for the same. But to cut it short, just think that we are comparing our height to the height of the other person, not TO the other person. Or simply turn around the sentence and see if it fits. I am taller than he is He is taller than I am ---> RIGHT I am taller than him him is taller than i am ---> WRONG It is okay to omit the is at the end since it is understood. Though pure grammar would warrant the use if the ''is'' as well. ************************************************************************************ It is still a hotly debated topic, but for now, just understand that the above is correct in FORMAL english :) See the entire debate here : http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/than-I-versus-than-me.aspx
October 20, 2012
Bruce
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
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English