| Definition -
A type of ellipsis that occurs in comparative clauses introduced by than.
1. This type of ellipsis is similar to comparative ellipsis in that it also occurs in comparative clauses introduced by than; however, it differs from it because the non-elliptical versions of its sentences are unacceptable.
(1) More people arrived than we expected [people] would arrive. (comparative deletion)
(2) She ordered more beer than we could drink [beer]. (comparative deletion)
(3) Mary wrote more books than John [did]. (comparative ellipsis)