comparative than non-finite clause

comparative than non-finite clause

Point 103 in the category of CLAUSES & comparatives is defined as:

COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVE + ‘THAN’ + NON-FINITE CLAUSE

‘than’ + an increasing range of non-finite clauses (to-infinitive, reduced clause) forming the second part of a comparison after a comparative adjective.

 

Here are some examples:

The numbers are higher than expected. To be kind is more important than to be right. It may now be cheaper to buy than to rent.

 

A search on iWeb corpus for:  _jjr* to _v?i* than to _v?i*

1 BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE 280

*It is said... C1 Pronoun (108) with passive voice.

2 BETTER TO MARRY THAN TO BURN 77
3 EASIER TO SAY THAN TO DO 60
4 BETTER TO DIE THAN TO LIVE 20
5 CHEAPER TO BUY THAN TO RENT 18

6 EASIER TO DESTROY THAN TO CREATE 18
7 BETTER TO SHOW THAN TO TELL 17
8 EASIER TO PREVENT THAN TO CURE 16
9 EASIER TO DO THAN TO EXPLAIN 13
10 EASIER TO DO THAN TO DESCRIBE 12

1 BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN TO FADE 50
2 BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN TO BE 27
3 BETTER TO BE PREPARED THAN TO BE 21
4 BETTER TO BE ALONE THAN TO BE 17
5 EASIER TO FOOL PEOPLE THAN TO CONVINCE 16

1 MORE IMPORTANT THAN TO BE 29

2 MORE FRUSTRATING THAN TO HAVE 19
3 MORE FRUSTRATING THAN TO BE 16
4 MORE EXCITING THAN TO SEE 10
5 MORE FRUSTRATING THAN TO SPEND 8

_jjr* than *ed_jj
This is an unusual code.

1 HIGHER THAN EXPECTED 2873

2 LOWER THAN EXPECTED 2791
3 BETTER THAN EXPECTED 2147
4 LARGER THAN EXPECTED 966
5 WEAKER THAN EXPECTED 918
6 LONGER THAN EXPECTED 881
7 STRONGER THAN EXPECTED 848
8 SMALLER THAN EXPECTED 847
9 WORSE THAN EXPECTED 823
10 GREATER THAN EXPECTED 583
11 BIGGER THAN EXPECTED 547
12 SLOWER THAN EXPECTED 488
13 HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED 476
14 FASTER THAN EXPECTED 435
15 LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED 348
16 SHORTER THAN EXPECTED 281
17 HIGHER THAN RECOMMENDED 241
18 EARLIER THAN EXPECTED 202
19 LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED 173
20 GREATER THAN ANTICIPATED 167

 

_jjr* than _v?n*

1 LOWER THAN EXPECTED 459
2 HIGHER THAN EXPECTED 441
3 BETTER THAN EXPECTED 293
4 LARGER THAN NEEDED 244
5 LONGER THAN RECOMMENDED 181
6 HIGHER THAN REPORTED 171
7 WORSE THAN EXPECTED 158
8 HIGHER THAN PREDICTED 155
9 LONGER THAN EXPECTED 153
10 WEAKER THAN EXPECTED 153
11 STRONGER THAN EXPECTED 147
12 LARGER THAN EXPECTED 140
13 GREATER THAN EXPECTED 134
14 LONGER THAN NEEDED 133
15 HIGHER THAN RECOMMENDED 131
16 HIGHER THAN NEEDED 126
17 BETTER THAN ADVERTISED 108
18 LOWER THAN PREDICTED 107
19 SMALLER THAN EXPECTED 101
20 LONGER THAN PLANNED 99

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