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    As good as it gets.

    Dear teachers and members:


    I would like to confirm the following regarding the idiomatic expression as good as it gets.

    I - Do the below definitions matches with the above mentioned expression, or which is the more appropiate one? If only one or more than one match, please, let it know; if none of them match, please, let it know which is the one for this idiom.

    a) This is the better that could be prepared by now.

    b) Better than this, it is not possible till now.

    c) This is the better because there is no other one available until now.

    d) Other better than this cannot be gotten by the time being.

    II - EXAMPLES:

    a) If someone makes a pasta and when someone else tastes it finds that it is delicious and very good; it finds it perfectly. It might say:

    This pasta is as good as it gets. (could not be prepared better).

    b) If someone has his/her car fixed and he/she is amazed on how well-fixed it is. He/she might say:

    That repair is as good as it gets (better than this, might not be possible).

    c) If I'm watching a bad movie with a friend of mine and I aks him ''does this movie get any better?'' He might say:

    No, this is as good as it gets (this is the better, there is no other one available).

    d) If you send me to get something for you, and you are not satisfied with the one I brought to you, I might say:

    This is as good as it gets over here (other better than this cannot be gotten over here).

    III - Finally, I think that this idom also means as good as it is.


    Regards.
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    Re: As good as it gets.

    a) This is the better that could be prepared by now.

    b) Better than this, it is not possible till now.

    c) This is the better because there is no other one available until now.

    d) Other better than this cannot be gotten by the time being.
    All of the above are ungrammatical.

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    Re: As good as it gets.

    Thank you Bhaisahab:


    Okay, I should use the superlative form in (a) and (c), add a noun to the comparative form in (b)and (d) and use the phrase FOR THE TIME BEING; I should also use MATCH rather than MATCHES in the above (I) question.

    a) This is the best that could be prepared by now.

    b) Nothing is better than this; it is not possible till now.

    c) This is the best because there is no other one available until now.

    d) No other thing is better than the one having gotten for the time being.


    If the above sentences or some of them are still ungrammatical, Could you please, write how these sentences should be grammatically correct? That will help me in improving my English as well as other ones.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 08-Apr-2014 at 17:34.

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