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    Default Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Dear friends at UsingEnglish Forum,
    I have a question concerning comparatives.
    I've found out that you frequently use the construction "as + adjective + a(n) + substantive + as" to compare things or people.

    e.g. She is as good a dancer as her mother

    I've read that this is only possibile with singular nouns.
    How could I transform the above mentioned sentence into plural (they are... as their parents) to express the same comparison?
    e.g. they are as good dancers as their parents ---> is that correct?
    Thank you very much indeed for your help.

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrett View Post
    e.g. they are as good dancers as their parents ---> is that correct?
    Thank you very much indeed for your help.
    Yes, you can say it that way.

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    She is as good a dancer as her mother

    This is really correct?That would surprise me a bit...

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    She is as good a dancer as her mother

    This is really correct?That would surprise me a bit...

    Greets
    Yes it is correct. Why does that surprise you?

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Okay.
    It surprises me because I never read something like that.
    Either as adjective as or a adjective noun as.
    I drive as well as my father.
    I'm a good driver as my father.
    (Just 2 examples.)

    Thanks for the information.

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Okay.
    It surprises me because I never read something like that.
    Either as adjective as or a adjective noun as.
    I drive as well as my father.
    I'm a good driver as my father.
    (Just 2 examples.)

    Thanks for the information.

    Greets
    I am as good a driver as my father. (I am as adjective indefinite article noun as my father).

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, you can say it that way.

    Hello Raymott,
    I'm a bit confused, because some British teachers at our course have told a friend of mine that it's not correct and that the sentence needs to be re-ordered this way: As dancers, they are as good as their parents.
    Is it just a matter of style?

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrett View Post
    Dear friends at UsingEnglish Forum,
    I have a question concerning comparatives.
    I've found out that you frequently use the construction "as + adjective + a(n) + substantive + as" to compare things or people.

    e.g. She is as good a dancer as her mother

    I've read that this is only possibile with singular nouns.
    How could I transform the above mentioned sentence into plural (they are... as their parents) to express the same comparison?
    e.g. they are as good dancers as their parents ---> is that correct?
    Thank you very much indeed for your help.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barrett View Post
    Hello Raymott,
    I'm a bit confused, because some British teachers at our course have told a friend of mine that it's not correct and that the sentence needs to be re-ordered this way: As dancers, they are as good as their parents.
    Is it just a matter of style?
    I would say it's a matter of style, while "..they are as good dancers as their parents.." is correct, I find it clumsy, I prefer the example given by your teachers. You could also say it this way: 'They are as good at dancing as their parents'.

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrett View Post
    Hello Raymott,
    I'm a bit confused, because some British teachers at our course have told a friend of mine that it's not correct and that the sentence needs to be re-ordered this way: As dancers, they are as good as their parents.
    Is it just a matter of style?
    I'll admit that I had to think about this before advising you that it was correct.
    Even though such a sentence would usually be reworded, it's not a rare construction in AusE, and it doesn't sound strange to me. It's less common than the singular version though.

    A: Why do you go to the hospital instead of the medical centre?
    B: Wouldn't the doctors at the hospital be better?
    Ai: No, they're as good doctors at the medical centre.
    Aii: No, the doctors at the medical centre as just as good.

    Aii is more common, but Ai is not wrong (imo).

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    Default Re: Comparatives: she is as good a dancer as her mother

    Thank you very much indeed to all of you for the suggestions.
    This is really useful to me and I couldn't have found such indepth remarks in any grammar!

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