You agree with the "as fast as an ostrich" sentence click here?
I prefer mine better:
The first 'as' is an adverb modifying 'fast'; the second 'as' is a conjunction.
The news that mentioned earlier to Kondorosi is that there is now an American website dedicated to diagramming. Elizabeth O'Brien administers it.
Since it's based in the USA, I thought I would go to an American poet, Longfellow. (I think the English appreciate him, however, because I am quite sure that there is a bust of him (or at least a plaque) in Westminster Abbey's poet's corner.
Here's the website:
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No, I say that "as...as" is a correlative conjunction and both belong on the same line modifying "fast".
Correlative conjunctions always join grammatically equal elements (e.g., noun & noun, adjective & adjective, phrase & phrase, clause & clause, etc.
He can run as [fast] as [an ostrich]
fast = adj.
an ostrich = noun
adj. ≠ noun --> as ... as ≠ correlative conjunction
"As fast as an ostrich can run fast". Two clauses are being joined.
1. He can run as [fast] as [an ostrich can run].
2. As [he can run fast] as [an ostrich can run].
3. As [fast he can run] as [an ostrich can run].
I think the first 'as' is solely attached to 'fast'.
This is what you like, right?
No, I would attach the first "as" to fast.
Let me diagram it. Give me a minute.
Again. What are the comparative constituents in the sentence? (adv. & adv.)
[He can run fast] and [an ostrich can run fast]
Is the first fast "bigger" or the second? as ... as --> same.
Your as ... as, Frank, does not appear to be a correlative conjunction, because in your diagram it connects an adverb (fast) to the understood verb (x x) in the subordinate clause. In all modesty, my diagram is superb.
Yes, once again, you are right, you superb diagrammer.
The line should have been connected to the second understood "fast" (as you did it). You may not believe this, but I wondered if you would catch that. (Though I did not make the mistake intentionally -- I just thought of it later. )