It cost twice as much to reclaim bottles as it did <than> to buy new ones.

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loviii

Senior Member
Russian
Good day!

Example:
It cost twice as much to reclaim bottles as it did to buy new ones.

1) We compare two parts: "to reclaim bottles" and "to buy new ones". Why mustn't we use "than" here?
2) If I add "than", will the meaning remain the same?
It cost twice as much to reclaim bottles as it did than to buy new ones.

Thanks!
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    The sentence is already complete:"twice as much...as..." "Than" is unnecessary and would be ungrammatical.

    You could, however, say this:

    It cost more to reclaim bottles than it did to buy new ones.
     
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