Reviving another lost thread. The lesson for the day is parallel sentence construction. I see this all the time, and it's mildly annoying but mainly distracting. You don't want your syntax to be distracting! This is a bad thing. I don't know how to explain it using all the correct terminology, so I will provide a common example. A is as good -- if not better -- than B. (WRONG) A is as good as -- if not better than -- B. (Right) Can you see why? A is as good than B? No. A is as good as B, if not better than B.