I have asked a question usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over in ELU.

How ever the question appears to be duplicate of another. Hence it was closed with out any notice. After closure I noticed it and modify the question in such a way that it delivers exact my question. Can some body please review and consider for reopening. If it is not eligible to reopen please let me know.

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    You have completely changed the question, and are now asking whether comparisons can use something other than than. I believe the only case is "different from" and "similar to" (neither uses than) but when using a comparative adjective like "better" it's always than. – Andrew Leach Dec 13 '12 at 12:59
  • I have posted a comment equivalent to Andrew Leach's. I agree that this question is not a Duplicate; however, it focuses so narrowly on better that I believe that if reopened it would promptly be re-closed as General Reference! [sigh] In any case, Welcome to ELU, and thank you for your very prompt response to suggestions. I hope you will not be discouraged from making future contributions. – StoneyB Dec 13 '12 at 13:10
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    I think you're trying to ask too broad a question. The question of which to use of "than" vs "to" vs "over" is tied so closely to the word before that it's impossible to say something about these in isolation (which I think is the question you're trying to ask). For example, the prepositions I'd use are: "I prefer peaches to nectarines", "I like peaches better than nectarines", "I'd choose peaches over nectarines". – Peter Shor Dec 13 '12 at 14:21
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    Asking questions about how to use a particular grammatical word (like prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, auxiliaries, complementizers, etc.) almost never results in a good question or a good answer. In most cases they're not constituents, but merely markings for some construction or other. This is a good example of what Geoff Pullum calls the Big Bag of Words metaphor for grammar. It should be avoided. Grammar is not just words; grammar is constructions, alternations, and idiomatic exceptions. – John Lawler Dec 14 '12 at 18:24

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