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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.
51(71.8%)
She was taller than he was.
20(28.2%)


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

Comments

filthyassistant
Feb. 27th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
If I were to use either I would use the first, but only because the second "was" is redundant and would sound awkward. Unless you're talking about a point in time and this is only part of the sentence ("She was taller than he was at that age" for example). But also note I'm a stickler for the "statement contrary to fact" rule regarding "I was" vs. "If I were" there at the beginning of the paragraph. Some of my grammar teachers were decidedly old-fashioned.

This is assuming I were writing non-conversationally. I tend to type the way I speak if it's a casual conversation.

Edited at 2012-02-27 05:29 pm (UTC)