Few weeks ago I blogged the rule of thumb that compliments should never contain a comparative (e.g. “than”). Instead of saying, “You look much prettier than you did yesterday!” just say “You look pretty!”.
Recently someone told me: “Traveling to that country is harder than you think.”
My immediate reaction was: “No, it’s not harder than I think. I know it’s hard.” I got hung up on the other person assessing my own assessment of hardness.
The more effective line from him would have been: “Traveling to that country is hard.”
Bottom Line: Beware of “…than you think” when saying something. Beware of comparatives in general. Just say it!