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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.
She is as good a dancer as her mother
This is really correct?That would surprise me a bit...
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.
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).
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!