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    Smile verb (with object) "as adjective noun as"

    Hi again,

    The text book I'm reading teaches as below.

    Correct: I have as many books as you.
    Wrong: I have books as many as you.

    OK, that's understood. I think "many" here is not an adjective, but a determiner.

    I tried to come up with a sentence of such structure and these below are what I conjured up.
    Yet, both sounds wrong to me.

    (1) I smelled as sweet roses as lilacs.
    (2) I smelled roses as sweet as lilacs.

    I would just say "Roses smelled as sweet as lilacs." in a daily conversation.

    I cannot think of any good examples of this structure.

    Please help!

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    Re: verb (with object) "as adjective noun as"

    I don't understand what you're trying to say in either 1 or 2. Your version that you call 'conversational' is perfectly well formed; I don't think it means very much though

    The version that your book marks wrong could be fixed by the addition of a comma.


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