In a textbook a sentence was given as:
“ Es muy gordo; come más que dos hombres ordinaries.”
My question is why is it not más de because of the “dos”
being a quantitative factor. Is it a comparison?
Yes, exactly. Although there is a number after que, it is expressing a comparison. He is comparing that man's eating to that of two men together. See how this would not work if we change the que for a "de":
"Es muy gordo; come más de dos hombres ordinarios."
This wouldn't make sense because it'd mean that he eats more than two men.
This other one would make for sense with "de":
"Es muy gordo; come más de dos kilos de patatas fritas cada semana."
(He is very fat; he eats more than 2 kilos of fries every week.)
I understand though, that finding this kind of sentence you found could be a bit confusing so I will add a note to the lesson.
I hope that helps.
Thank for your explanation, Inma.
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