A Common Error In The Use Of Comparatives


In comparative sentences be careful to compare the same part of two things. That of, these of and those of are necessary words that are often omitted.

  • Incorrect: His teaching was like Jesus Christ.
  • Correct: His teaching was like that of Jesus Christ.
  • Incorrect: The size of the shoe must be the same as this shoe.
  • Correct: The size of the shoe must be the same as that of this shoe.
  • Incorrect: My painting is better than my friend.
  • Correct: My painting is better than that of my friend. OR My painting is better than my friend’s.
  • Incorrect: Her house is bigger than her friend.
  • Correct: Her house is bigger than that of her friend. OR Her house is bigger than her friend’s house.