[Ads-l] "than how"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 28 02:16:28 UTC 2015


I once mentally noted that Troy Aikman uses "how" in this way all the time.
On Jan 27, 2015 8:11 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> From a headphones site:
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> "It'll make the [Sony MDR-]Z7 even darker _than how_ it is already."
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> If I interpret the _how_ as "the way (that)," as in "that's _how_ it is" =
> "that's _the way (that)_ it is," I understand why "than how it is" strikes
> me as being as fully grammatical as simple "than it is," when it ought not
> to. (Or should that be, "ought to not"?)
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> Youneverknow.
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