cleaner than his sister's <is>

Telgip

New Member
Japanese
Hello:) I'm having some trouble. I'm a little confused about some slight differences in comparative sentences. Sometimes there's a was/is on the end and sometimes there isn't? Do both have the same meaning or does the was/is change the meaning?

E.g. His room is cleaner than his sister's.
His room is cleaner than his sister's is.

Is you hair longer than Nancy's?
Is your hair longer than Nancy's is?

Are you faster than that girl?
Are you faster than that girl is?

Haha I'm do confused. Any help would be appreciated.
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    For me there is no difference, and all your sentences are fine. Note the possible ambiguity in my (5) below.

    1 I run faster than that girl.
    2 I run faster than that girl does.

    3 Are you faster than that girl?
    4 Are you faster than that girl is?

    5 I like you better than that girl.
    (Better than I like that girl, or better than that girl likes you?)
    6 I like you better than that girl does. (Avoids ambiguity)
     
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