The tip about English is inaccurate.

LianneB2Kwiziq community member

The tip about English is inaccurate.

This is perhaps a bit off topic since it isn't about the French grammar point at hand, but the tip regarding the English construction is inaccurate. It says "Whereas in English, you will need to use a subject pronoun after than (... than I (do), you (do), he/she (does)...)". I know there are people who think this is a real rule, but it isn't how anyone actually speaks, and many dictionaries (e.g. Meriam-Webster's) acknowledge the use of object pronouns here.

Asked 3 years ago
ElizabethB1Kwiziq community member

Hmmm. I'm not sure I agree. I always use the subject pronoun, as do my children! "He is larger than I..." Just remember to mentally add the rest of the sentence and it will make sense. "He is larger than I (am large.)" So you won't say "He is larger than me (am large.) People would certainly understand you...but it's poor English usage. 

DavidA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I have to agree. Subject pronoun usage in this case is now exclusively "posh". The queen uses them, like she also uses "one" to refer to herself. The vast majority of the UK use object pronouns in this case now.

JonathanKA2Kwiziq community member

Lianne is right. I was about to post the same thing. In this type of construction in English, you should either use the object pronoun or the subject pronoun plus a verb. He's taller than me. OR He's taller than I am. 

The tip about English is inaccurate.

This is perhaps a bit off topic since it isn't about the French grammar point at hand, but the tip regarding the English construction is inaccurate. It says "Whereas in English, you will need to use a subject pronoun after than (... than I (do), you (do), he/she (does)...)". I know there are people who think this is a real rule, but it isn't how anyone actually speaks, and many dictionaries (e.g. Meriam-Webster's) acknowledge the use of object pronouns here.

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