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Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:49:42 AM

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(1) Yukiko has far better command of English than I do.

(2) Yukiko has a far better command of English than I do.

(3) Those students have far better command of English than I do.

(4) Those students have a far better command of English than I do.

Which is correct?
ARMECH
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:57:50 AM
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Only 2 & 4. The article - a is needed as both command & English are collective nouns.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:56:18 AM

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ARMECH wrote:
Only 2 & 4. The article - a is needed as both command & English are collective nouns.

I don't know what you mean by "both command & English are collective nouns". Think Think Think

Merriam Webster: collective noun

Lexico: collective noun

American Heritage Dictionary: collective noun

FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 2:43:44 PM

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Reiko07 wrote:
(1) Yukiko has far better command of English than I do.

(2) Yukiko has a far better command of English than I do.

(3) Those students have far better command of English than I do.

(4) Those students have a far better command of English than I do.

Which is correct?


All are correct, but there is a slight difference in the meaning.

Having far better command of English means that Yukiko understands and uses English better than the speaker.

Using "a" however, indicates an improvement which is real but not specified except to say it is greater than the speakers command of English. It is merely stating a degree of improvement, but that degree is not identified.

So having "a" far better command means Yukiko possesses a specifically improved degree of, and better command of, English.

Reiko07
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 8:21:59 PM

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Thanks, FounDit. Angel
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