"Kujira (Whale) Construction" 「クジラ構文」

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Dec 16, 2013 17:56
When I was in high school, I was required to memorize the following sample sentences and understand their meanings in an English grammar class.

"A whale is no more a fish than a horse is."
"A whale is no less a mammal than a horse is."

Those sentences are called "kujira (whale) construction" in Japan, and I still I need to teach them to high school students when they learn "comparative."
The reason why "a whale" and "a horse" are described is that there are some students who misunderstand that a whale is a fish. And it is unquestionably a horse is a mammal.

As for me, I neither used this rhetoric in a conversation, nor saw it in English articles. I guess most students will forget them after entering colleges. Have you ever read any articles that include these sentence structures?