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I have a better house than you.
Is this the short for "I have a better house than you have a house" ?
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Debpriya Dehave a house

I think this would never be used in English, even though that is the implication.
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I've heard it expressed that way on this site. Emotion: nodding
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Debpriya Dehave a house

I think this would never be used in English, even though that is the implication.
I agree, Philip. It's one of the unnaturalist things I've ever heard in my life! Emotion: big smile

But someone is evidently teaching this explanation here or elsewhere, because it's been cropping up on a daily basis lately.
Is this the short for "I have a better house than you have a house" ?

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This thread makes no sense at all.

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Can anybody tell me who is teaching this thing??

Is this the short for "I have a better house than you have a house" ?
I have a better house than you.

comes from

I have a house. You have a house.
My house is better than your house.

but no one says

I have a better house than you have a house.

The final noun, which is being compared, is not restated, though you may restate anything up to that point: than you or than you have.

Likewise:

I know more celebrities than [you / you know].

and many more that you can make up yourself, I'm sure.

CJ
Hi, CJ.
Geez, I'm not suggesting that anyone would actually say this.

But it's common practice for "teachers" to explain certain structures by describing them as an elipsis from some structure which sounds very awkward.

The statement "I have a better house than you" is the short version of "I have a better house than you have a house." is an example of this sort of thing. I've seen it repeatedly in these fora over the last couple of months, and someone is obviously teaching it as an explanation. (not necessarily one of us.) I agree with you and Philip that it's ugly as hell, and I have a hard time believing that anyone in his right mind would teach it that way. But somebody's doing it. Maybe it's in a popular text that's being used. I have no idea. I can't believe you haven't seen it.

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AvangiGeez, I'm not suggesting that anyone would actually say this.
I didn't realize I had written anything that implied that you were suggesting it, did I? Emotion: embarrassed

I didn't intend to.

CJ
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