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Preposition vs. conjunction

Which of the following versions are you, personally, more likely to use? (I know it may be difficult to assess your own usage once asked.)

She was taller than him.
She was taller than he was.

This poll is thanks to a question that geesepalace asked me about British vs. US usage.


Feb. 27th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
The OED has this comment on "than" as a preposition: "This is app. the invariable construction in the case of 'than whom', which is universally accepted instead of 'than who'. With the personal pronouns it is now considered incorrect." But some British authors, such as Philip Reeve in "Mortal Engines", do seem to have no problem with "than" as a preposition, e.g., "She was taller than him."

A similar construction is maybe better at separating British from American English: "[Someone] was from the same province as him" (Chris Wickham's "The Inheritance of Rome", p. 42). I doubt an American editor would be as happy with this usage as Penguin's are. The OED accepts "as" as a preposition, apparently without qualification. The American Heritage Dictionary, however, accepts it as such only when used in the sense of "In the role, capacity, or function of: 'acting as a mediator.'" "Otherwise the case of pronouns following 'as,' or 'as to,' may be nominative or objective, depending on the function of the pronouns: 'You like her as much as I' (that is, 'as much as I like her'). 'You like her as much as me' (that is, 'as much as you like me')."
Feb. 27th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thus far, with 56 poll responses, only 12 people have chosen the second option; however, with one exception, those 12 are all North American.