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    Default Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    How-to guide | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
    2. I donít know how to spell this word. How can I look it up?
    Donít worry. Spell the word as best as you can in the box. A spellchecker will suggest a list of words that you might be looking for based on what youíve typed. Choose your word from that list to go to the entry.


    "Spell the word as best as you can in the box."
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Isn't in the box as best as you can better?

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    I am not a teacher.

    No. If you make it "Spell the word in the box as best as you can", the reader will look for a word in the box.

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    Coolfootluke,

    Thank you for the response, but I still don't understand why the original sentence is correct.

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Coolfootluke,

    Thank you for the response, but I still don't understand why the original sentence is correct.
    You must spell the word as best you can. You must do that in the box. I don't see your problem.

    Either sentence is correct, but one is better than the other because it is clearer.

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    I find 'as best as you can' very clumsy.
    I would prefer:
    'As well as you can' or 'The best you can'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-Feb-2011 at 06:14. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    1. Come back to the office as quickly as you can.
    2. Come back as quickly as you can to the office.

    Do both sentences sound good to you?

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    Default Re: Spell the word as best as you can in the box.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    1. Come back to the office as quickly as you can.
    2. Come back as quickly as you can to the office.

    Do both sentences sound good to you?
    In most situations I'd probably say the first, but both are fine.

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