Comparison clause

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A comparison clause or comparative clause is an adverbial clause that makes a comparison.

In English these can use:

  • as + as, e.g. "Johan can speak English as fluently as his teacher."

Negative comparison clauses can use not+as+as or not+so+as (negative simile)

  • "Alice cannot speak English as well as Johan."
  • "Betty cannot speak English so well as Johan."

We can also use than (comparative clause):

  • Benny is funnier than Shane.

With "than" there is a prescriptive style rule that we should use the nominative case instead of the accusative case. This is the usual prescriptivist nonsense. However, in very formal register "than I/he/she/we/they" may be preferred to "than me/him/her/us/them".