"inferior than" - Re: New to me

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sat Dec 29 19:33:48 UTC 2007

On Dec 29, 2007, at 11:21 AM, i wrote:

> ... MWDEU notes occurrences of "twice as many ... than" and "twice as
> much ... than" -- which it treats as syntactic blends (of "more ...
> than" and "twice as many/much ... as"), though they can be seen just
> as extensions of comparative "than" into new territory.

back in april i collected a pile of examples by googling on {"twice as
likely" than}, e.g.:

  Individuals with Genetic Conditions Twice as Likely to Report Denial
of Health Insurance than Individuals with Other Chronic Illness.

  The study found that children ages 6 to 11 and ages 12 to 17 who
were obese were more than twice as likely to have diabetes than
children of the same age ...

here there's material intervening between "twice as likely" and
"than".  but there are plenty of examples of "twice as likely than":

  ... patients with major depression appear twice as likely than those
who are not depressed to die or be re-admitted to the hospital within
12 months.

  MONDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Men with multiple sclerosis (MS)
are more than twice as likely than women with the illness to pass it
on to their ...

take note of the sources.


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