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    comparative structures

    He can run as fast as an ostrich.

    What are the comparative elements in this sentence? What do you comare to what? Show me those two words(?), phrases(?), or clauses(?) in the sentence, please.

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    Re: comparative structures

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    He can run as fast as an ostrich.

    What are the comparative elements in this sentence? What do you comare to what? Show me those two words(?), phrases(?), or clauses(?) in the sentence, please.

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    He can run as fast as an ostrich (can run). This is comparing "He" with "an ostrich".


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    Re: comparative structures

    What about this:

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast.

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    Re: comparative structures

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    What about this:

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast.
    I can't imagine ever using that, it's a very awkward sentence. If you wrote: "He can run fast, as an ostrich can run fast" there is no real comparison, you are just stating that both "he" and "an ostrich" are capable of running fast.

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    Re: comparative structures

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    What about this:

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast.
    Now that's a mouthful


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    Re: comparative structures

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "He can run fast, as an ostrich can run fast" there is no real comparison, you are just stating that both "he" and "an ostrich" are capable of running fast.
    But I did not write that.

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast. Isn't 'as ... as' a correlative conjunction like 'both ... and'?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mxreader View Post
    Now that's a mouthful


    What is compared then, IYO?

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    Re: comparative structures

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    But I did not write that.

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast. Isn't 'as ... as' a correlative conjunction like 'both ... and'?

    He can run as fast as an ostrich can run fast. The main point I am trying to make is; I doubt very much that a native English speaker would say or write this, so analysing it is pretty pointless.


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    I have to analyze to understand. I am not one native who has intrinsical feelers, you know. What is the function of as .. as? Which two phrases or clauses does it bring into a mutual relationship?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    What is compared then, IYO?
    His running is being described (compared?) as being as fast as an ostrich.

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