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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

SYNTAX/ Comparatives and Superlatives

292.When two qualities of an object are compared, both adjectives are in the Comparative:—

longior quam lātior aciēs erat (Liv. 27.48), the line was longer than it was broad (or, rather long than broad).

vērior quam grātior (id. 22.38), more true than agreeable.

Note— So also with adverbs: as, — libentius quam vērius (Mil. 78), with more freedom than truth.

a. Where magis is used, both adjectives are in the positive:—

disertus magis quam sapiēns (Att. 10.1.4), eloquent rather than wise.

clārī magis quam honestī (Iug. 8), more renowned than honorable.

Note— A comparative and a positive, or even two positives, are sometimes connected by quam. This use is rarer and less elegant than those before noticed:—

clārīs mâiōribus quam vetustīs (Tac. Ann. 4.61) , of a family more famous than old.vehementius quam cautē (Tac. Agr. 4), with more fury than good heed.

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