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Hi, Dude,

Your sentence above:

@Dude posted:

1 People often feel like others are paying more attention to them than they are

is ambiguous, because "they" can refer to "people" or to "others." The sentence you quoted actually contains a reinforcing adverbial which clarifies that "they" refers to "others":

1'. People often feel like others are paying more attention to them than they in fact are.

"Are" is short for "are paying attention." The proform "do" would be incorrect, because the verb being compared is in the present progressive. Please notice how the proform in the comparative clause should be, in the absence of an adverbial that marks a difference, in the same tense as the verb in the preceding clause:

1'. People often feel like others are paying more attention to them than they in fact are.

3. People often feel like others look at them more than they in fact do.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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