Reply to "Inversion in comparative sentence"


But I can't understand why I can't say 

  • The more the forest area is destroyed, the more frequent natural disasters are. 
  • The more the forest area is destroyed, the more frequent are natural disasters
  • The more we destroy forests, the more natural disasters are
  • The more we destroy forests, the more are natural disasters

What gave you the impression that I was saying you couldn't say those things?

I said no such thing, Novice. You asked about a different sentence entirely.

The first part of your original sentence was totally ungrammatical.

Of your four new sentences, the first two are fine; the second two are not.

You can fix the third by using "happen" or "occur" instead of "are."

Or you could use "there":

  • The more we destroy forests, the more there are natural disasters.

The fourth sentence doesn't work at all. ♣

 

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