Hello!

Sentence:

 And today, almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents than as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

 

Questions:

From a grammar standpoint, we need to have "more(or -er) ...than...", but I don't find a "more" to collaborate with "than", so is the sentence ungrammatical?

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Robby zhu posted:

Sentence:

And today, almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents than as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Questions:

From a grammar standpoint, we need to have "more(or -er) ...than...", but I don't find a "more" to collaborate with "than", so is the sentence ungrammatical?

Hi,

"as" is not related to "than," but forms part of the structure twice as many.

The sentence is not grammatical. The word "rather" is missing for the sentence to be correct.

- Almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents rather than as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Robby zhu posted:

Sentence:

 And today, almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents than as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Gustavo, Contributor posted:
The sentence is not grammatical. The word "rather" is missing for the sentence to be correct.

- Almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents rather than as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

I agree with you, Gustavo, that the original sentence is flawed, and I like your fix.  Nevertheless, the fix that comes naturally to me here is slightly different:

  • Almost twice as many voters identify themselves as independents as those who identify themselves as members of either the Democratic or Republican parties/party.

The basic structure of that sentence is this:

  • Almost twice as many Xs do Y as those [Xs] who do Z.

And the meaning of that structure is different from the one Gustavo used:

  • Almost twice as many Xs do Y rather than Z.

In the first structure, "almost twice as many Xs" can be (roughly) computed from the number of Xs who do Z. In the second, "almost twice as many Xs" cannot be computed without further context.  Robby zhu, have you taken this sentence from some place? Do we know what the author was trying to assert?

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