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unthoughtknown
05-04-2006, 04:56 AM
The following sentence contains a grammatical error (that we are required to correct) according to my course book:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys.

This is my effort:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than what boys do.

I don't like that effort either. Assistance please?

trumancoyote
05-04-2006, 05:06 AM
Honestly, I'm not seein' what's wrong with the original.

unthoughtknown
05-04-2006, 05:11 AM
Boy, am I glad to hear you say that about the original. I'm starin' at it, and starin' at it, and thinking I'm a complete dumb ***.

This sort of stuff confirms that I don't want to be an editor, though.

trumancoyote
05-04-2006, 05:20 AM
Seriously, the only thing I can think of is adding a 'do' at the end of it, but that doesn't necessarily make it more correct -- just more complete.

It'd be like saying "He's taller than I am" is more correct than "He's taller than I."

But maybe I'm mistaken.

KellyC
05-04-2006, 05:39 AM
Could it be:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys spend.


Otherwise the sentence reads that girls spend more time on homework - less on boys.

maestrowork
05-04-2006, 05:41 AM
The following sentence contains a grammatical error (that we are required to correct) according to my course book:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys.

This is my effort:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than what boys do.

I don't like that effort either. Assistance please?

(A) Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys do.

or

(B) Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than on boys.

The problem with the original is not that it's grammatically incorrect -- it's about clarity. Without the last word "do," we're not sure if it's (A) or (B).

Cabinscribe
05-04-2006, 05:52 AM
How about:
Research shows that girls spend more time than boys on homework.

The original sentence:
Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys.

sounds as though the girls are on boys more than they are on homework; which, when I come to think of it, might have contributed to my downfall in high school.
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Other alternatives:
Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys do.

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than on boys.

Bartholomew
05-04-2006, 07:22 AM
Research Shows that girls spend more time than boys on homework.

That'd be my best guess. I'd add 'their' between 'on' and 'homework,' but thats just me.

unthoughtknown
05-04-2006, 08:22 AM
I think I'll go with: Research shows that girls spend more time than boys on homework.

Hopefully the lecturer won't consider it a rewrite, rather than a correction.

Soooooooo, out of curiosity: Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than what boys do.

The what is just a speechy thing then?

poetinahat
05-04-2006, 08:28 AM
The what is just incorrect, I'd say. I don't understand it; perhaps it's a Commonwealth construct and is actually correct, but I'd never encountered it before coming to Australia, other than in Are You Being Served?

The reason the original sentence is incorrect is that it's ambiguous. Does it mean:
- girls spend more time on homework than boys do
- girls spend more time on homework than they spend on boys (!)

See it now?

unthoughtknown
05-04-2006, 08:55 AM
Yeah, I am a victim of the speechy thing often. Like when I'd use reference as a verb.

The ambiguity is now understood.

Featurewriter
05-05-2006, 07:32 PM
Hey, I've raised daughters. I wanna see the research!

Fern
05-05-2006, 11:09 PM
The following sentence contains a grammatical error (that we are required to correct) according to my course book:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than boys.

This is my effort:

Research shows that girls spend more time on homework than what boys do.

I don't like that effort either. Assistance please?

Is "that" necessary? I would probably rewrite as:

Research shows girls spend more time on homework than boys.

veronie
05-08-2006, 06:41 AM
The problem with the sentence is that it sounds like girls spend more time on homework than they do on boys. Get it?

Puma
05-18-2006, 03:58 PM
The error is that the sentence is incomplete. It should read than boys do (i.e., girls spend more time on homework than boys spend time on homework.) In the same vein - he is taller than I or than I am - the complete sentence is He is taller than I am tall. These are all examples of comparatives.

Cat Scratch
05-19-2006, 12:29 AM
Personally, I spent more time on boys.

alleycat
05-19-2006, 04:30 AM
" . . . than do boys."

ac

BardSkye
05-19-2006, 06:25 AM
I would say "Girls spend more time on boys than on homework."

I'm guessing I'd get a failing grade.:D