Omission in a comparative sentence

truthguy

Member
Chinese
For example,

The amount of electricity used for TV is 1.5% smaller than (that) (used) (for) washing machine.

Can the words in the parentheses be omitted, which are:


The amount of electricity used for TV is 1.5% smaller than used for washing machine.

The amount of electricity used for TV is 1.5% smaller than for washing machine.

The amount of electricity used for TV is 1.5% smaller than washing machine.


Which one is the best?


Thank you very much!!
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than used by a washing machine. :cross:

    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than by a washing machine. :cross:

    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than washing machine. :cross:


    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than that used by a washing machine. :tick:

    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than is used by a washing machine. :tick:
     

    morior_invictus

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    The amount of electricity used for TV is____1.5% smaller than (that) (used) (for) washing machine.
    Hi truthguy,
    I miss some word in there and also "used for" doesn`t sound good to me.

    I would say "The amount of electricity consumed by a TV is about 1,5% smaller than that consumed by a washing machine.

    (cross-posted)
     

    RM1(SS)

    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than that used by a washing machine. :tick:

    The amount of electricity used by a TV is 1.5% smaller than is used by a washing machine. :tick:
    I think less sounds much better than smaller in both of these sentences.
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think less sounds much better than smaller in both of these sentences.
    I was about to agree with you, then I had second thoughts and am now not so sure.

    To say 'the amount of electricity is smaller' is OK, I think, whereas the electricity used is less.

    I don't think you can have a 'less amount'.
     
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