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    #1

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    Hi there!

    The prices at the Economy center are as reasonable, if not more
    reasonable, as those at comparable discount store.

    I have been told that the word ''as'' in the above sentence is used wrongly but I don't know why.
    Would you please tell me why is that so?
    Thanks very much indeed.

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    #2

    Re: as

    There are two patterns that are competing here:
    "as ___ as"
    "more ___ than"
    The most grammatically correct and clear way to combine these is:

    The prices at the Economy Center are as reasonable as, if not more
    reasonable than, those at comparable discount stores.
    In more casual English speech, English speakers are most likely to use the preposition that fits with the structure that appears last. So for this example, I'd probably say:
    The prices at the Economy Center are as reasonable, if not more reasonable, than those at comparable discount stores.

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