Unusual usage of ‘no sooner … than …’

I’ve encountered a sentence where they would no sooner [A] than they’d [B] apparently means they would rather [B] than [A] I’ve read that the construction ‘no sooner [A] than [B]’ is used to describe a situation where an event [A] is followed immediately by [B]. Because of that, according to my intuition, if I … Read more

What do you call the sentence structure of “The X-er __, the Y-er __”?

Is there a term for a sentence in the form of “The ___, the ___”? For example: The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Further, is this a proper sentence? Is there an implied verb? Answer Comparative Correlatives Constructions like “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” are called comparative … Read more

Are all three of these sentences equally fine?

Are these all the same? The more we earn, the less careful we become about money. The more we earn, we become less careful about money. The more we earn, the less careful we are about money. I am confused about the sentence structures used here. I feel the first one makes sense though. I … Read more

Is there a general name for this: “The more you X the more you’ll Y”

Some more examples: “The more you want the more you need.” “The sooner you mow the lawn the sooner you’ll be able to relax.” Maybe there’s not a name for this specifically, but is there a name for expressions like these that have some blanks that get filled in. Also, to me it sounds more … Read more

Use of definite article in “the more” and “the less”

Why is the definite article used in expressions like the more and the less? For example, The more you study, the more you know. The less you study, the less you know. Answer It’s not really the definite article, it just looks like the definite article. It’s derived from the instrumental case form of the … Read more

Could you help me to do a syntax analysis of this sentence?

The more I use Froyo the more new stuff I discover. Does it mean: I more use Froyo, I discover more new stuff. Answer This is a parallel comparative. It shows up in a lot of languages: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. [French: The more things change, the more they stay the … Read more

What are sentences like “the longer X, the more Y” called and can they be used in formal written English?

What is the type of sentence exemplified below called? Is it appropriate to use it in a scientific paper and formal written English in general? 1. The more pronounced the variation, the more the waste. 2. The more you give, the more you get. 3. The longer I live, the more I realize the impact … Read more