Hi,

there is a multiple-choice question that asks for the error in the sentence.

Their standard of living is still higher than that of the other countries in the world.

A) 1st underlined expression

B) 2nd underlined expression

C) 3rd underlined expression

D) No error

Even if you can tell the grammatical rule or giving me a thread, I'll search and study the related subject..

Thank you very much in advance,

Emad
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At this point, what is your guess A, B, C or D? Once you let me know what you would say, I can help you find the answer.

Chalk
My Guess is D. but I'm not sure abou the structure of "that of"
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chalkbrdAt this point, what is your guess A, B, C or D? Once you let me know what you would say, I can help you find the answer.

Chalk
I think the sentence has no error. but I'm a bit doubtfl about "that of"
As a native speaker, I would say letter D as well. Emotion: smile

Chalk
Hi guys,

Their standard of living is still higher than that of the other countries in the world.

A) 1st underlined expression

B) 2nd underlined expression

C) 3rd underlined expression

D) No error

I would choose C.

Their standard of living is still higher than those of the other countries in the world.

Clive
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Their standard of living is still higher than that of the other countries in the world.

A) 1st underlined expression

B) 2nd underlined expression

C) 3rd underlined expression

D) No error

I would choose C.

Their standard of living is still higher than those of the other countries in the world.

Clive

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But "that" refers to the word "standard". I think "that of the other countries..." means "standard of living of people in other countries". Am I wrong?

Dear Clive. Please give me your reasoning.

Emad
I guess that's why I said I'd choose D. To me, the term "that of" refers to the word standard which is singular. Their standard of living is still higher than that standard of living of the other countries in the world. One standard, many countries.

Chalk
chalkbrdOne standard, many countries.
Is that plausible, though? Wouldn't each country have its own standard of living?

Compare:

The tail of this dog is longer than that?/those? of other dogs.

CJ
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