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Using Adjectives to Compare Attributes

We apply a common set of words when comparing the attributes of objects.

When all qualities are the same

It is straightforward to compare similar qualities. We use the following pattern to compare the qualities of two items that are equal:

as [adjective] as


  • You two are as bad as each other.
  • I’m as smart as the next guy. 

When qualities are unequal

When comparing unequal qualities, you can either use the comparative form, or you can use the following construction:

not as [adjective] as


  • Blake is not as tall as his brothers.
  • I am not as much of a drinker as you.


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