comparative deletion
Definition - A type of ellipsis that occurs in comparative clauses introduced by than.

Notes:
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.

Example -

(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)



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