AS … AS Examples and comparisons


AS … AS meaning

What does ’as ‘as’ mean in English grammar? Here is some help with how to use this structure. What are the as as examples and comparisons?

You use ’as… as’ to talk about things that are very similar or the same. Using the as…as structure, we can compare things that have the same ratio. Let’s see different As as examples.

AS + adjective + AS

Grammar Examples:

  • I’m as old as my husband. = My husband and I are the same age.
  • Your house is as beautiful as mine. = Your house and my house are equally beautiful.

When comparing two things that are the same in some way, we use as + adjective/adverb + as:

  • The largest lion in the world is as big as a car.
  • This summer season is just as bad as it was last year. It’s been raining endlessly for months.
  • You have to be very careful as you take it out of the package. It is very delicate.

Not as… as examples

Use Not as … as  when comparing things that are not identical:

  • I was wrong about how heavy it would be, this bag is not as heavy as I imagined it to be.
  • Frankie is still shorter than Danny. He is not as tall as his brother.
  • She doesn’t sing as loud as she could.

Not as…as can be changed by saying isn’t quite as or is not nearly as:

  • The second race did not turn out to be quite as simple as the first one. The first race was easier.
  • My old shoes were much more comfortable, and these new ones aren’t even close. (These new shoes aren’t as comfortable as my old ones.)

As… as + a possible examples

We use possibilities or abilities after as… as:

  • Can you get there as soon as you can?
  • Visit as many places as possible.
  • It was a race to get here as quickly as possible.

AS + Adverb + AS (used the same way as adjectives)

  • I can do it as well as you. = not worse, not better
  • I love him as much as he loves me . = not more, and not less, to the same extent

As much as, as many as examples

We use as much as with uncountable nouns and as many as with plural nouns when comparing quantities:

  • Roger earns as much money as Joey but not as much as Eddie.
  • They try to give them as much freedom as possible.

As much as and as many as refer to large quantities.

  • Scientists have found a planet that is up to 2,500 times heavier than Earth.

AS WELL AS has another meaning: IN ADDITION TO

  • He’s a great husband as well as a great father. = He’s a great husband and he’s a great father too.

I hope your day will be as nice as mine. Keep learning!

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