Re: almost as
To repeat, you are close to being as adjective (big, tall, strong, deep, wide, pretty, rich, happy, etc.) as the person/thing you are being compared to.
He is almost as tall as his brother, despite being 3 years younger.
When you told me you were getting married, I think I was almost as happy as you were!
Some nights, the full moon seems almost as bright as the sun.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.