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Postby Lie.K. » Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:03 pm

Hello :)

I'd like to ask about how to use "more".
Would you take a look at the following sentences?

1) If I had studied harder, I could have passed the exam.
2) If I had studied more, I could have passed the exam.

Can I use "more" instead of " harder"? If so, do they express the same meaning?

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Postby Dixie » Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:19 pm

Yeah you can use both, but the meaning would be slightly different.

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Postby Alan » Thu Sep 02, 2004 3:56 am

As Dixie says, the meanings could be different: 'more' could refer to the 'range' of material studied or else the amount of time spent, while 'harder' refers purely to the level of effort.

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