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New post 06 Aug 2018, 05:25
Hello Guys

I'm just curious about the Comparison Rules in SC.

Does the noun in comparison must agree? (Singular & Plural)

Example
1. Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any other city does in the United States.

The example is both singular but is it possible to be Singular and Plural

2. Though there are some exceptions, most adult Olympic athletes are hardly neophytes at the sports in which they compete; they likely enjoyed the same activities as children.

Can we use "child" instead of "children"?
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New post 06 Aug 2018, 05:54
1. You can compare one thing with another or many other.

2. Your second example is not comparison. As works to maintain the meaning " at a time when they were children"

Like you, parents were funny kids
BUT
These people are ill with malaria (singular)

Just go with logic. If you are non-native speaker, just try to think how would you make it in your language, when you struggle with such things.
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New post 06 Aug 2018, 06:14
Hi AtomChyp, as long as the comparison itself is logical, singular vs plural is not an issue.

An officially correct sentence:

Salt deposits and moisture threaten to destroy the Mohenjo-Daro excavation in Pakistan, the site of an ancient civilization that flourished at the same time as the civilizations in the Nile Delta and the river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.

As you would notice, the above sentence compares an ancient civilization with civilizations (in the Nile Delta and the river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates).
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