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Comparative Clauses
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Comparative clauses express equality or similarity in manner and degree. They can introduce a speaker’s comment on the propositional or illocutionary content of the sentence. They may also designate mere analogy, and express emphatic addition at the level of discourse organization.

Comparative clauses describe a situation which is assigned an equal or similar status to the one referred to by the main clause. The correlated clauses tend to share a common background, while ellipsis in the comparative clause is very common (Revuelta Pu…

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Rafael Martinez, “Comparative Clauses”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000431>
First published online: 2013

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