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    A friend of mine wrote the following sentence:

    "I'd rather die than to make so many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did."

    Shouldn't the sentence read "I'd rather die than make as many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did"?

    It's kind of ironic that he wrote that.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    A friend of mine wrote the following sentence:

    "I'd rather die than to make so many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did."

    Shouldn't the sentence read "I'd rather die than make as many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did"?

    It's kind of ironic that he wrote that.

    Thanks.
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    Jasmin, good morning.

    (1) Your friend was not very courteous to say what he did.

    (2) Nevertheless, some people might agree with him in his use of "so."

    (3) According to what I have read, as...as is ALWAYS correct.

    (4) But some people prefer so...as in negative contexts.

    (5) Some writers have this theory: We are so accustomed to having as...as refer to affirmative sentences (Tom is as tall as Sue) that the negative idea comes across more strongly if we use so...as for negative contexts (Patricia is not so courteous as George).

    Like you, I'm waiting to see what the experts have to say.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Jasmin, good morning.

    (1) Your friend was not very courteous to say what he did.

    (2) Nevertheless, some people might agree with him in his use of "so."

    (3) According to what I have read, as...as is ALWAYS correct.

    (4) But some people prefer so...as in negative contexts.

    (5) Some writers have this theory: We are so accustomed to having as...as refer to affirmative sentences (Tom is as tall as Sue) that the negative idea comes across more strongly if we use so...as for negative contexts (Patricia is not so courteous as George).

    Like you, I'm waiting to see what the experts have to say.

    Thank you.
    Just for the record, he didn't write that in response to something I wrote, as I would, of course, never commit a spelling or grammatical mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    A friend of mine wrote the following sentence:

    "I'd rather die than to make so many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did."

    Shouldn't the sentence read "I'd rather die than make as many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you did"?

    It's kind of ironic that he wrote that.

    Thanks.
    I agree that the use of "to" is wrong.
    The "so" might be accepted by some, but "as" is obviously preferable.
    Yes, it is ironic, isn't it?

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    "I'd rather die than make as many spelling and grammatical mistakes as you."

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