Browse Definitions :

“As good or better than” is as bad as, if not worse than…

Writing for Business

Which is correct?
1. His response time for trouble tickets is as good, or better, than ever.
2. His response time for trouble tickets is as good as, or better than, ever.

Answer: 2.

Explanation:
The meaning of the sentence is clear in either version but structure is not parallel in the first sentence. You wouldn’t say something was “as good than ever,” so you really need a second “as” to be strictly correct. Opinions differ on whether the first sentence is permissible but the problem is that it will niggle some readers and thus disrupt the flow of their reading.

However, there’s also a slight problem with “as good as, or better than.” It’s a little cumbersome. You could, instead, change the phrase to “as good as ever–if not better” and the reader would understand that “than ever” was the implied end of the sentence. According to Stan Carey, who’s conducted a thorough examination of expert opinion on this issue, that’s Strunk’s chosen solution to the problem.

Let’s see how the two options fare in a Google poll:

As good as or better than: 1,760,000
As good or better than: 11,500,000

Wow. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a clear winner. And according to some experts, it’s time to accept “as good or better than” as an idiom. I still vote for rewriting to avoid the whole issue, though. What do you think?

 Follow me on Twitter @tao_of_grammar

Dig Deeper on Writing for Business

SearchCompliance
  • smart contract

    A smart contract is a decentralized application that executes business logic in response to events.

  • compliance risk

    Compliance risk is an organization's potential exposure to legal penalties, financial forfeiture and material loss, resulting ...

  • information governance

    Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and ...

SearchSecurity
  • threat modeling

    Threat modeling is a procedure for optimizing application, system or business process security by identifying objectives and ...

  • social engineering

    Social engineering is an attack vector that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves manipulating people into ...

  • distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack

    A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is one in which multiple compromised computer systems attack a target, such as a ...

SearchHealthIT
SearchDisasterRecovery
  • change control

    Change control is a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system.

  • disaster recovery (DR)

    Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization's ability to respond to and recover from an event that affects business operations.

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

SearchStorage
  • race condition

    A race condition is an undesirable situation that occurs when a device or system attempts to perform two or more operations at ...

  • storage security

    Storage security is the group of parameters and settings that make storage resources available to authorized users and trusted ...

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

Close