More on elliptical subordinate clause

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More on elliptical subordinate clause

Post by vpkannan » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:32 am

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If the sentence 'More people came than had been expected' is correct, what is the part of speech of 'than' pl.? Is it coordinating conjunction or subordinating conjunction? If it is subordinating conjunction, is it proper to use the finite verb 'had been expected' without the subject pl.?

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Re: More on elliptical subordinate clause

Post by Alan » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:32 am

'Than' is a subordinating conjunction.

Omission of the subject is actually obligatory in this type of construction.