Avoid making incomplete comparisons
Leaving out a key word in a manuscript will leave most readers confused. Such is the case with incomplete comparisons.
For example, suppose an author wrote, The Los Angeles Rams are stronger.
Stronger than what? To say something is stronger – or better or faster or smarter or dumber and so on – tells the reader you’re making a comparison. You must include words that complete this comparison.
So, our errant author above might instead write The Los Angeles Rams are a stronger team than the Tennessee Titans.
Sometimes in dialogue an incomplete comparison is not a big deal as the conversation has previously established what is being compared:
“The Titans are the best team in the NFL,” Davie said.
Matt shook his head. “The Rams are stronger.”
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