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Sep 22 2008   1:21PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business – as good or better than

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

balance-sheet.jpg Which is correct?
Performance in the third quarter is expected to be ___________ it was in the second quarter.
a. as good as or better than
b. as good or better than

Answer: a

Explanation:
The phrase as good or better than is ungrammatical because as good requires another as — you would never say something was as good than something else.

However, although it’s correct, as good as or better than is a little awkward. Here’s a better construction for this sentence: Performance in the third quarter is expected to be at least as good as it was in the second quarter.

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