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Hi,

1. I was wondering if there's any difference in register and/or meaning between the following two forms. Is there any motivation that makes a native speaker use one instead of the other?

a. It was more of a request than an order.
b. It was a request rather than an order.

2. Could we use the following structure for non-counts?:

c. It was more advice than suggestion

To me it sounds odd, and I would use a "rather" structure as b. above, but is this structure possible and ever used?

Thanks!
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Hi,

1. I was wondering if there's any difference in register Not really. a

nd/or meaning Version A sounds a bit vaguer, gentler, less direct. But to me it also suggests a bit more that to some degree it is still an order.

between the following two forms. Is there any motivation that makes a native speaker use one instead of the other? Not other than as suggested above. Obviously, they would both be said in a situation where the words referred to could possibly have sounded like an order.

a. It was more of a request than an order.

b. It was a request rather than an order.

2. Could we use the following structure for non-counts?: Yes. But I'd say it depends on the particular nouns and the particular context.

c. It was more advice than suggestion

To me it sounds odd, and I would use a "rather" structure as b. above, but is this structure possible and ever used? Occasionally.

Clive
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tarirotaria. It was more of a request than an order.
b. It was a request rather than an order.
more of is similar to more like. rather than is similar to (but) not. So the meanings of a and b are not the same.

a'. It was more like a request than like an order.
b'. It was a request, (but) not an order.
tarirotari2. Could we use the following structure for non-counts?: ...
Neither structure works well. (suggestion is usually a count noun.) I would not generate either of these:

?It was more advice than suggestion.
?It was advice rather than suggestion.

But note:

*It was more water than wine. Emotion: no

It was more like water than (like) wine. (OK)

It was water rather than wine. (OK)

CJ
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