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More than

Posted by ESC on August 24, 2003

In Reply to: More than posted by R. Berg on August 24, 2003

: : : : Hello. Let me ask you a question about more than.

: : : : I think in the following sentence the verb comes after "more than" need agreement with the subject.

: : : : 1. It shows that women have done more than be house wives.

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: : : : I would rather guess
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: : : : 1. It shows that women have done more than have been house wives.

: : : : is a correct one.
: : : : How do you think of this?

: : : The first sentence is correct and the second one isn't. Similarly, we say "The president did more than sign papers" and "When hotel maids clean a room, they will do more than make the beds."

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: : Thank you for your very prompt answer.
: : I would like to ask the reason the verb coming after more than always takes original form.
: : Is it because your conscious focuses on the future, i.e. what you will do next?

: As a native English speaker, I haven't had to think about the reason. When I try to think about it now, the closest I can come to an answer is that "be housewives" and "sign papers" are used in the place of nouns in the example sentences. Although "than" is a conjunction, it is used as a preposition in sentences like those. "Be housewives" is the object of this preposition.

As a former housewife, I reject the notion that being a housewife is a lesser calling. Housewives do quite a lot. It was the hardest job I've ever done and for zero pay.