Blog 2- Incomplete Comparisons

Published December 16, 2014 by bribri95

Brianna Debow

Blog Post #2

Class Work 8

Have you ever found it odd when a commercial for a new phone model comes out and the slogan might be “Our model is now faster, better, stronger”?  Now that’s great and all but what exactly is the new model faster, better, and stronger than? That is a grammar crime I’d like to call incomplete comparisons. Incomplete comparisons are when someone leaves out what exactly they’re comparing that something else to. Of course grammar crimes are sometimes things we do out of a habit and this is one of those crimes where you don’t notice it until someone points it out to you.spider-man-meme

When comparing, I believe, it’s appropriate to at least compare to one or two other objects.  You have to compare something to something else otherwise it’ll be incomplete. To me it’s kind of like a cliff hanger and you look at the sentence or person like “Ok, better or stronger than what?”  It’s like you’re not done explaining what exactly you’re talking about, because then the mind is confused and wandering what object is being compared to another.  It’s always good to remember to use common words like “more” and “than” when comparing two things together. This allows you to avoid the mistake and the sentence won’t be incomplete. For example, we can use the sentence “Our model is faster, better and stronger than Android” if we were comparing Apple products to Android products.

This bad habit isn’t committed because were stupid, but simply because we’re just too smart and we naturally fill in the blanks. Meaning that when we compare something to another we just let our minds wander to what the other object could possibly be and we leave it at that without asking any question as to what exactly the other object is.  An example on article, “How to avoid writing incomplete comparisons”. Which explains that when comparing we have words in a sentence like “so” that has to be a part of a pair, because it’s still leaving your reader with an incomplete comparison. For insistence “Trey’s swim meet was so great” the word so has to be paired with a word like “that” so the sentence is now complete and turns into “Treys swim meet was so great, that he was awarded a scholarship”.  This little habit isn’t hard to learn to stop we just have to remember when comparing to compare it with one or two more objects.


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