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Hi,

I am in doubt the use of than or compared. I used "than" to combine it with the word "lower" and I used "compared" to combine with the word "reduced".

Both grammar constructions are correct?



1-CR 18 had a lower liver weight than  AL18  but a similar liver/ body weight ratio.

2-CR 18 had a reduced liver weight compared to  AL18  but a similar liver/ body weight ratio.

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Hi, marcofabri,

@marcofabri posted:

1-CR 18 had a lower liver weight than  AL18  but a similar liver/ body weight ratio.

2-CR 18 had a reduced liver weight compared to  AL18  but a similar liver/ body weight ratio.

They are both correct but slightly different in meaning. In (1), the implication is that CR 18 liver weight was comparatively lower than that of AL 18. Perhaps both values were high, but the one of CR 18 was simply lower than, or not as high as the other. Instead, in (2) the understanding is that CR 18 liver weight was intrinsically low while that of AL 18 was average or high, and therefore higher than the former.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

If you want "they" to be the subject, then you have to include it. I thought the tacit subject of the second coordinate clause was "CR 18":

1-CR 18 had a lower liver weight than AL18 but (it had) a similar liver/ body weight ratio (to that of AL18).

2-CR 18 had a reduced liver weight compared to AL18 but (it had) a similar liver/ body weight ratio (to that of AL18).

The idea is the same whether you use the versions above or the ones with "they."

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