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more than John and Harry

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:02 am
by navi
1) I've written more articles than John and Harry.

2) I've peeled more apples than John and Harry.

Do these mean:

a)... than John or Harry.
or:
b)... than John and Harry combined.

Gratefully and wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
Navi

Re: more than John and Harry

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:43 pm
by Bobinwales
Both mean John and Harry combined. You would need to use "John or Harry" if you are referring to either.

Re: more than John and Harry

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:40 pm
by Phil White
Bob is right, but I think we would tend to make both meanings explicit:
... than John and Harry combined/together
... than either John or Harry