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    Dear teachers,
    I knew from my last post that we can say 'I am as tall as she is' or 'I am as tall as her'. But what about if I use a person's name, like, 'I am as tall as Jenny is'. Is it still grammatical to add 'is' after Jenny? If so, people would say things like that in their everyday life? I mean, isn't it redundant?

    ps, Is it correct to use past tense in 'I knew from my last post...' above?
    Or I should have used 'I know from...' because now I know something from my past experience?

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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I knew from my last post that we can say 'I am as tall as she is' or 'I am as tall as her'. But what about if I use a person's name, like, 'I am as tall as Jenny is'. Is it still grammatical to add 'is' after Jenny? If so, people would say things like that in their everyday life? I mean, isn't it redundant?

    ps, Is it correct to use past tense in 'I knew from my last post...' above?
    Or I should have used 'I know from...' because now I know something from my past experience?
    The 'is' is technically correct, but redundant by common colloquial usage, especially in speech.

    The problem arises through the use of the colloquial expression 'as tall as'. Is Jenny really tall? The trailing 'is' question would vanish if instead you said "I am the same height as Jenny".

    Regarding the 'know/knew' question, the 'now' is the key, as you spotted. You could even have started your post with "I now know from my last post...".



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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    Dear Jeremy,
    Now I get it! Thank you very much!

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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    Yes, you can say that.

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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, you can say that.
    Dear konungursvia,

    Now I know if I say 'I'm as tall as Jenny is', people might understand what I mean, there's no problem. But, do most native English speakers would usually say like that? If not, what is the most natural to your ears, please?

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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    In AE, it sounds fine.

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    Re: I'm as tall as Jenny is

    Dear konungursvia,
    Thank you very much!

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