[Ads-l] "than how"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 4 01:03:34 UTC 2015

I have to suspect influence from quantitative "how ADJ/ADV". Made-up

   - I don't care how long you've had it, it's still not yours.
   - No matter how dark it is, that cat will always get home in time for


On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:10 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> From a headphones site:
> "It'll make the [Sony MDR-]Z7 even darker _than how_ it is already."
> 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"?)
> Youneverknow.

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