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The one I bought was thicker than usually

The one I bought was thicker than usual

Which one of these is correct? And is there any exception to your answer?

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The one I bought was thicker than usually

The one I bought was thicker than usual

Which one of these is correct?
Usual

And is there any exception to your answer? Millions of word of English are spoken every day, in countless scenarios. English is full of exceptions.Emotion: big smile

Best wishes, Clive
Please explain why we use ,usual, and not ,usually, It's really hurting my head!Emotion: tongue tied
what is modifying what, and how. does the word ,than, play a part in this dark magic?
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The one I bought was thicker than usual

Think of the meaning this way.
eg The steak that I bought was thicker than the usual steak that I buy.
Thanks for your response,

I think we, but not entirely sure, can also say, the steak that I bought was thicker than the steak I usually buy.

so why not,the steak that I bought was thicker than usually?

Sorry to further complicate matters.
Yes, your long-form sentence with 'usually' is correct. But when you shorten it, it is hard for me to see that 'usually' modifies the implicit verb 'buy'.

It's really a matter of what is idiomatic and natural to native speakers.

Clive
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Anonymousthan usual
This is a fixed phrase. There is no logic involved.

CJ
If you want to use "usually," it has to modify a verb (like "buy" or "do") rather than a noun (like "steak").

I bought a thicker steak than I usually do.