Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    109
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Sentence Structuring

    I remember having read some sentences like the ones below, and I'd appreciate it if someone can please tell me what kind of sentence structure this is called. I'm baffled by the opposite meanings of the adj. and adv. used within the sentence. Thanks for your help.

    1. Davis operates as covertly as Walsh does overtly.
    2. The husband is as conservative as the wife is aggressive.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Sentence Structuring

    Quote Originally Posted by cleung View Post
    I remember having read some sentences like the ones below, and I'd appreciate it if someone can please tell me what kind of sentence structure this is called. I'm baffled by the opposite meanings of the adj. and adv. used within the sentence. Thanks for your help.

    1. Davis operates as covertly as Walsh does overtly.
    2. The husband is as conservative as the wife is aggressive.
    It's simply 'as + adjective/adverb + as.....', for comparison. Since there are two people involved in both cases, it is a moot point whether these are 'opposites meanings'. Covert IS the opposite of overt, but conservative and aggressive ? Davis's actions are as covert as Walsh's are overt. I 'believe' the technical term for this is 'adverbial clause of comparison'.

Similar Threads

  1. sentence structure question
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 17-Jan-2008, 09:53
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2006, 14:07
  3. Attributive Clause - China Needs Your Help
    By ChinaDavid in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-Jan-2005, 15:56
  4. Are there softwares to speak English sentence by sentence
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18-Feb-2004, 17:25
  5. grammar
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2003, 19:02

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk