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Some More Explanations: Illogical Comparisons

Today I will tell you about illogical comparisons and how to avoid this mistake.

An illogical comparison is one in which unlike entities have been compared.

Here are the examples of the illogical comparisons, they all are incorrect:

His drawings are as perfect as his instructor.

(This sentence compares drawings with instructor).

The duties of a policeman are more dangerous than a teacher.

(This sentence compares the duties with a teacher).

 

So, when you use a comparison, be sure that you compare the same items. It is quite easy to avoid this mistake saying all the words in the second part of the comparison:

I will show you what I mean:

His drawings are as perfect as the drawings of his instructor.

The duties of a policeman are more dangerous than the duties of a teacher.

Now, you can see, that the subjects are repeated in both parts of the comparisons. Sure, tautology never makes any sentence better. So, to avoid tautology, we replace the second subject by THAT/THOSE or by a possessive form of a noun if there is a possessive in the main clause:

His drawings are as perfect as his instructor’s.

(instructor's = instructor’s drawings)

The duties of a policeman are more dangerous than those of a teacher.

(those of = the duties of)

Here are some examples of logical comparisons:

John’s car runs better than Mary’s.

(Mary’s = Mary’s car)

The climate of Florida is as mild as that of California.

(that of = the climate of)

Classes in the university are more difficult than those in the college.

(those in = the classes in)

The basketball games at the university are better than those at the high school.

(those at = the games at)

Your accent is not as strong as my mother’s.

(my mother’s = my mother’s accent)

Here is one more detail. Sometimes, we can see that we repeat both a subject and a verb if we say the full comparison.

Incorrect: I feel better today than yesterday.

(This sentence compares feeling with the day)

Full: I feel better today than I felt yesterday.

In this case, we replace the second verb by the appropriate auxiliary.

Correct: I feel better today than I did yesterday.

 

And now, I will be happy to answer your questions and to see your examples. Go ahead, my friends!

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Comment by moonlight on April 20, 2017 at 19:35
does it correct to say...his ability in english is as poor as he is.
Comment by Rosemary on April 3, 2017 at 8:50

    Thank u Mr Danny  for ur beneficial  explanation :)

Comment by Bijan on April 1, 2017 at 11:53

Dear Danny,

You always present the best lessons on English Club.

Thanks a lot and best wishes,

Comment by Danny Clark on March 17, 2017 at 15:37

Hahaha! Same to you, dear! Great sense of humor! I love it! There is a new test for you not to feel bored! LOL!

Comment by Rose on March 17, 2017 at 15:26

Hahaha,  dear Danny, it's my own fault to be now the reason for your joke about DRIVE and RIDE.  I know you RIDE your Harley ... and do you know? It drives me crazy not to see how Tanya uses her rolling pin ..... LOL !!! Nevertheless I wish you a nice weekend.

Comment by Danny Clark on March 17, 2017 at 15:13

Dear Rose, same about me as I do feel my wife will use her rolling pin according to its intended purpose one day! Unfortunately (or fortunately!), she can also shoot me down for me not to suffer! Hahaha! So, let's enjoy the rest of our lives and thanks for your compliment! Now you will remember that teachers don't drive bikes! Hahaha! Honestly, I still ride my Harley! LOL!

Comment by Rose on March 17, 2017 at 13:06

Hahaha, dear Danny, yes I am thinking to keep my head healthy ... because maybe it is going to crash sometime without I want it. So I decided it's better to enjoy using my mind as long as possible.

And yes..... you are right, it was a compliment for a teacher in my previous attempt ... Hahaha,  can you guess who the teacher is ????

Comment by Danny Clark on March 17, 2017 at 12:47

Dear Rose, hahaha! I am happy you have found more useful application for your head than crashing your furniture! You will surely need both for many years ahead! Hahaha! This attempt is really much better.

Her dress is as white as snow.

Her voice is not as clear as ___ her sister's

She's a gifted music student and her compositions are almost as perfect as her teacher's.

The tasks of a conductor are more varied than those of a singer.

My mom has more children than her siblings.

I am shorter than my husband.

My English is not as poor as my husband's.

Sometimes a woman has a deep voice but never as deep as __ man's. 

Your hair is curly but your hair is not as curly as my niece's.

My granddaughter told me she felt worse yesterday than she does today.

The temperature today is as high as it was yesterday.

I feel better now than I did this morning because I believe this attempt is better than my first one.

What I have noticed is that you often use wrong adjectives.


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Comment by Expector Smith on March 17, 2017 at 12:42

I can't help but give it the thumbs up. I've read more blogs today than yesterday!

Comment by Rose on March 16, 2017 at 21:52

I changed my mind because I am not a coward.

I try again:

Her dress is as white as snow.

Her voice is not as clear as that of her sister's

She's a gifted music student and her compositions are almost as perfect as her teacher's.

The tasks of a conductor are more varied than those of a singer.

My mom has more children than her siblings.

I am smaller than my husband.

My English is not as weak as my husband's.

Sometimes a woman has a deep voice but never as deep as a man's.

Your hair is curly but your hair is not as curly as my niece's.

My granddaughter told me she felt worse yesterday than she does today.

The temperature today is as high as yesterday.

I feel better now than I did this morning because I believe this attempt is better than my first one.

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