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    As much spoiled as she is

    'She has locked herself in, and she is not making the least particle of noise.'
    'It is much better than if she kicked and screamed, as some of them do,' Miss Minchin answered. 'I expected that a child as much spoiled as she is would set the whole house in an uproar. If ever a child was given her own way in everything, she is'

    Source: A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

    as much spoiled as she is
    Can you explain the structure and the grammar of the phrase for me? Because I think 'who is' is needed after 'a child' to be grammatically correct.

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    Re: As much spoiled as she is

    The phrase is a bit dated to me- a child as spoiled as she is/her would sound more natural to me. You could use who is, but it is not necessary.

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    Re: As much spoiled as she is

    The book was written in 1905 and is an expansion of a book written in 1888. It's only to be expected that the use of English throughout it will be somewhat dated.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: As much spoiled as she is

    The grammatical structure you are asking about is still widely used and not dated.
    "I wouldn't go out with a girl as rude as that."

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    Re: As much spoiled as she is

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The grammatical structure you are asking about is still widely used and not dated.
    "I wouldn't go out with a girl as rude as that."
    Except that if exactly the same structure was used now, it would be "as much rude as that". The original said "as much spoiled as she is". These days, we would say "as spoiled as she is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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