Student or Learner
He's as good a swimmer as any of us.
Which of the sentences below is the closest in meaning to this sentence?
1. He is the best swimmer among us.
2. He is one of the best swimmers among us.
3. He swims well, like us.
or anything else?
Thank you in advance.
Number 2 is the best choice. Everyone might not swim well and he's as good as the best. But obviously if he was the best, you would just say it.
Not a teacher only a native.
I vote for number 2. Whenever I've heard the phrase I have taken it to mean that someone is on par with the best of a group. Therefore he is as good a swimmer as the best of his group.
I say three. I've always understood it to mean "average." Not "the best." He's as good as the group is, on average. He doesn't stand out as the best or the worst.
Why would you say he's as good as us if you mean he's the best?
I would put it into a specific context to understand the sentence based on who says it.
If Michael Phelps would say that, it could mean he is really a good swimmer.
If my sister said that, he might be an average and mediocre swimmer.