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Mini-Lesson #47. From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series. Comparisons: Illogical, Ambiguous, and Incomplete. Example: My cooking is as good as Mom. Here we are comparing my cooking to my mom, and there is no basis for comparison.

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From the uwf writing lab s 101 grammar mini lessons series

Mini-Lesson #47

From the

UWF Writing Lab’s 101

Grammar Mini-Lessons Series

Comparisons: Illogical, Ambiguous, and Incomplete


Illogical comparisons occur when two unlike things are compared

Example:

My cooking is as good as Mom.

Here we are comparing my cooking to my mom, and there is no basis for comparison.

Correct: My cooking is as good as Mom’s cooking.

Illogical comparisons occur when two unlike things are compared.


Example:

Dad likes my cooking better than Mom.

The sentence is unclear as to what is being compared. Are we saying that Dad likes my cooking better than Mom does, or are we saying that Dad likes my cooking better than he likes Mom?

Correct: Dad likes my cooking better than Mom does.

Dad likes my cooking better than he likes Mom.

Ambiguous comparisons occur when the sentence does not make clear what two things are being compared.


Incomplete comparisons simple have part of the comparison missing

Example: I like chocolate so much.

Correct: I like chocolate so much that I won’t eat anything else.

Example: He is the smartest man.

Correct: He is the smartest man I know.

Incomplete comparisons simple have part of the comparison missing.


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