ANSWER KEY FOR
THAN/AS CONSTRUCTIONS
 
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Three types of pronouns are used in ‘than/as’ constructions:
 
 

Three types of pronouns are used in ‘than/as’ constructions:
      Subjective pronouns: he she you it they I  we
      Objective pronouns:  him  her you  it them  me us
and     Possessive pronouns:  his hers its theirs mine ours yours
 

In these sentences, the verb has been repeated in the second part of the sentence.  The personal pronouns that will agree with the verb have been put in bold; any of these pronouns would be correct.

1.  Maria wears more colorful clothing than  he she wears.

2.  Carlos studied longer than they she he I we you studied.

3.  Sue is as studious as he she    is.

4.  Eric passes more tests than   he she  does.

5.  Marla enjoys thrillers more than  he she enjoys thrillers.

6.  His work is just as good as  hers his theirs ours mine yours is.

7.  Their work is even better than hers his theirs ours mine yours   is.

8.   Your paper is better written than hers his theirs ours mine yours   is.
 
 

In these sentences,  the verb (in bold) has been moved to the end of the sentence and then all the possible appropriate pronouns (underlined) have been written in.

1.  Jose prefers mysteries more than I we they you prefer mysteries. Or he she prefers

2.  My essay is more creative than  his hers yours theirs ours mine is.

3.  Our class writes more papers than  his hers theirs yours does. (Action verbs can be replaced with the verb 'do' or 'does.')

4.  That astronomy class has seen more binary stars than  his hers theirs yours ours mine has seen.

5.  However, our class has observed more comets than his hers theirs yours ours mine has observed.

6.  Samuel watches more television than I we you they watch . Or he she watches

7.  Marta plays more computer games than  I you we they do.  (Action verbs can be replaced with the verb 'do' or 'does.') Or he she does

8.  Ignacio is as tall as I you we they are.  OR he she is

9.  Tom is as smart as I you we they are.  OR he she is

10. He spent as much time on his work as I you we they have.  OR he she has
 

Although you can always say the verb twice, you do not need to do so.   In these sentences all the possible appropriate pronouns have been filled in at the end of the sentence.

1.  Elkhouri has charted as many gaseous clouds as   he she they  I we you.

2.  Yisel has discovered as many black holes as he she they  I we you.

3.  Hector has examined as many quasars as he she they  I we you.

4. Yesenia has seen more supper novas than he she they  I we you.

5. Edwardo wants to be an astronomer even more than he she they  I we you..

6.  Mabel knows more about neutron stars tan  he she they  I we you.

7. Edward, however, is just as knowledgeable as he she they  I we you about quasars.

8.  Monica has more expertise than he she they  I we you about planet formation.

9.   Yesenia has more degrees n astronomy than he she they  I we you.

10.  Hector has more observation time under his belt than he she they  I we you.

11. Maria has more accurate hunches about meteors than he she they  I we you.

12.  Edenia has studied nebulas more than  he she they  I we you.

Remember that using ‘than/as’ constructions properly means that you will be saying exactly what you mean.

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