Construction of the comparative complement

The comparative object is introduced by:
than with comparisons of superiority or inferiority,
as with comparisons of equality.

Note: The comparative object is followed by a construction in the following form: 'Personal Pronoun + Auxiliary verb':
He is taller than me is used and accepted in everyday language.
However He is taller than I am is the more strictly correct construction.
You make more mistakes than me is accepted but not absolutely grammatically correct.
You make more mistakes than I do. is completely grammatically correct.
Your car is bigger than mine. is accepted and even preferred.
Your car is bigger than mine is. is also correct: the repeated auxiliary verb is not needed, but perfectly correct.
Your car is bigger than my car is. is grammatically correct but rarely used.
I'm a better surfer than you. is accepted and frequently used.
I'm a better surfer than you are. is grammatically correct.
In certain sentences, the correct choice of pronoun is essential to avoid confusion:
He loves her more than me. He loves somebody else more than he loves me.
He loves her more than I do. He loves her more than I love her.
The comparative complement can be an adjective or even an entire clause:
She's more nervous than (she is) scared. Nerves are her main problem, not fear.
This exercise is easier than I thought.

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