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The experience you are describing reminds me of the comparative illusion [0], which is a grammatical illusion where certain sentences seem grammatically correct when you read them, but upon further reflection actually make no sense, example:

"More people have been to Berlin than I have."

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparative_illusion

Fascinating. There's a sentence I picked up from a friend in childhood, "Although the Moon is only an eighth the size of the Earth, it is much farther away," which seems to be similar, but not quite a CI, if I'm reading the Wikipedia article correctly. Thanks for the link.

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