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    Here's an example sentence in my dictionary:
    'She is as tall as I (am).'
    From what I understand, it means that you can say 'She is as tall as I' or 'She is as tall as I am'.

    But the book(English grammar in use, 2nd e) specifically says:
    'You are taller than me(not than I)'
    'He is not as clever as her(not as she)'

    Is it not correct to say 'she is as tall as I'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Here's an example sentence in my dictionary:
    'She is as tall as I (am).'
    From what I understand, it means that you can say 'She is as tall as I' or 'She is as tall as I am'.

    But the book(English grammar in use, 2nd e) specifically says:
    'You are taller than me(not than I)'
    'He is not as clever as her(not as she)'

    Is it not correct to say 'she is as tall as I'?
    Times change constantly, and so does English grammar.

    The subject pronoun used on its own at the end of comparison sentence is now considered old-fashioned. So instead, we are prescribed to use the object pronoun:
    She is as tall as me.
    You are taller than me.
    He is not as clever as her.


    If you wanted to use a personal pronoun and a verb, you must use a subject pronoun then:
    She is as tall as I am.
    You are taller than I am.
    He is not as clever as she is.



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    It seems that it's time to throw away my dictionary!
    Thanks a lot, engee30!

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