Comparisons using verb "to be."

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Which is correct: A. The new boss is younger than I. or. B. The new boss is younger than me.

asked Jun 26 '13 at 00:32 Becky New member

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I don't agree. The word 'than' can be seen as preposition (which will be followed by the objective 'me') or as a subordinating conjunction (which will be followed by the subjective 'I' - as in the other responses). Thing is, the clause 'I am' is not given. This may be implied, but it may also not be implied. For me, it's more correct to say that either option is correct, depending on whose opinion you listen to, and that assuming that 'than' is a conjunction is not a sine qua non.

link comment answered Jun 26 '13 at 14:24 Ahmad Barnard Expert
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'...younger than I.' is correct. If you will sound out the understood part of the sentence, it will be clearer.

 

The new boss is younger than I [am young]. It sounds kind of odd, but it works.

 

Look at these examples and the totally different meanings.

Mother likes him more than I [like him].

Mother likes him more than [Mother likes] me.

link comment answered Jun 26 '13 at 12:00 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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"Younger than I am."

link comment answered Jun 26 '13 at 12:07 Kimberly Expert

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