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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

a_d_medievalist
Feb. 27th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Not a clear-cut case. Part of it is speaking/writing, but even there, it depends on context. In spoken language, I primarily use the object pronoun. But if I wanted to emphasize or continue the comparison, I'd probably use the subject pronoun AND the verb. I'd also say, "this is she" on the phone, but to someone I know, I'd say, "it's me." I don't think I'd ever not repeat the verb.