As....as

As....as


As....as is used as a adjective phrase to compare equivalent features of quality or as an adverb of manner when two items are compared.

Adjective of quality:

E.g.

This box is as heavy as that one.

Or, This box is as light as that one.

Adverb of manner:

E.g.

The lemon bush grows as slowly as the hibiscus flower bush.

Or, The lemon bush grows as fast as the hibiscus flower bush.

Please note: Only adjectives in the positive degree are used with ‘as.....as’.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1.
a.The rice was as hot as the idlis.

b.The rice was as hotter as the idlis.

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ANSWER: a.The rice was as hot as the idlis.



2.
a. Loudspeakers during any function these days are louder as the ones last year.

b. Loudspeakers during any function these days are as loud as the ones last year.

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ANSWER: b. Loudspeakers during any function these days are as loud as the ones last year.



3.
a. Susan writes her essays as clearly as Joan.

b. Susan’s written her essays as clearly as Joan.

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ANSWER: a. Susan writes her essays as clearly as Joan.



4.
a. She completed the marathon as fast as her friend, Shiela.

b. She completing the marathon as fast her friend, Shiela.

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ANSWER: a. She completed the marathon as fast as her friend, Shiela.



5.
a. The guests were entering the venue of the party as quick as the hosts.

b. The guests were entering the venue of the party as quickly as the hosts.

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ANSWER: b. The guests were entering the venue of the party as quickly as the hosts.




Another use for as...as is, as bad or as good as something appears to be

E.g.

You are as bad as all that. I am sure you'll be better tomorrow.

Or, Losing the basketball match should not make you feel as bad as all that.

Another use is through idioms :

Just as- as big as life, which means exaggeratingly stating that someone appeared in a particular place.

E.g.

I saw her standing there as big as life!

John came in the room and stood there as big as life.

as black as pitch, which means very dark

E.g.

They couldn't see a thing in the cave because it was as black as pitch.

Or, Get a torch, I can see anything.

as blind as a bat, which means very bad eyesight

E.g.

I can’t believe that the goal was not scored. The umpire is as blind as a bat.
You can’t believe the witness, he is as blind as a bat.
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