Posted by jamie on .
A mixture of jazz and classical idioms, the music of Gershwin was more innovative than most of his contemporaries.
Can somebody tell me what's wrong with this sentence and why? I don't understand. :(
music . . . more innovate than . . . contemporaries
A better way: . . . more innovative than THAT of most of his contemporaries.
When you say "more innnovative than his contemporaries" you are cocmparing the music TO the contemporaries. In reality, you are comparing Gershwin's MUSIC to contemporaries' MUSIC. Or, in otherwords not a thing to a person but a thing to a thing.