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    as / as for negative?

    "This car isn't as far as that car."
    Is this sentence correct? It is an answer from a english test of an english school.
    But I thought "as / as" I use only when I compare the same, not in negative.

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    Re: as / as for negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandy View Post
    "This car isn't as far as that car."
    Is this sentence correct? It is an answer from a english test of an english school.
    But I thought "as / as" I use only when I compare the same, not in negative.

    Kandy
    (NOT a teacher) You typed "far." Did you mean "fast"? Anyway, it IS correct English to say: This car is not AS fast AS that car." BUT, some people prefer: This car is not SO fast AS that car. They feel that the word "SO" more strongly gives it a negative feeling. In the United States, probably most people use "not AS ...AS."

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    #3

    Re: as / as for negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandy View Post
    "This car isn't as far as that car."
    Is this sentence correct? It is an answer from a english test of an english school.
    But I thought "as / as" I use only when I compare the same, not in negative.

    Kandy

    You can use (not) as + (adjective/adverb) + as.

    Iím not as tall as my brother.
    He doesnít drive as fast as me.

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    #4

    Re: as / as for negative?

    Thank you!
    Now i know more as before. (Maybe it is a wrong sentence, but the meaning is right. )

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    Re: as / as for negative?

    The sentence is fine; but this version might be more likely:

    1. This car isn't as far away as that car.

    Car A is 10 yards away from me; car B is 20 yards away. The former isn't as far away as the latter.

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    Re: as / as for negative?

    I agree with the previous posts, but would like to add a comment/request for confirmation.
    The sentence is fine; but this version might be more likely:

    1. This car isn't as far away as that car.

    Car A is 10 yards away from me; car B is 20 yards away. The former isn't as far away as the latter.

    MrP
    Let's add one more car, car C, which is 30 meters away. In my understanding, if you asked me if car C is as far away as car B, I would have to respond, "Yes". I would probably add that it is quite a bit farther.

    The typical Japanese explanation of as... as... says that it means equal, onajikurai. Thus Japanese English teachers would come to the conclusion that because car B and car C are not equally far, they would say, "no."

    I have looked for a more complete explanation of the meaning of as... as..., especially how it relates to interrogatives and negatives, but haven't really been able to find much documentation. Does anyone have any thoughts or quotes of reliable sources that would confirm or contradict my opinion?
    Thanks, Steve in Japan.

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