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Elliptical Comparisons 

Elliptical Comparisons

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Elliptical Comparisons

The conjunction than often introduces an abridged expression (eg, “You are younger than I [am young]).” Correct placement of than is important to avoid ambiguity:


Women are more likely to take vitamins than men. [Are women more likely to consume vitamins than men are, or are women more likely to consume vitamins than they are to consume men?]


Women are more likely than men to take vitamins.

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