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    Adjective

    'To ask a question, is as simple an operation as to judge or to reason; yet it is neither judgement; nor reasoning; nor simply apprehension, nor is it any composition of these'
    Can I change the underlined in the context to 'To ask a question is a simple operation as to .......'. I'm well aware of the use of
    (1) 'as simple as' and
    (2) 'a simple operation as'
    but not 'as simple an operation as'. I have always thought that an adj should be paired with a noun without an article in between. Thanks in advance 😀

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    Re: Adjective

    There is nothing wrong with "as simple an operation as". What is the source of that text?

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    Re: Adjective

    I'm not saying the sentence is wrong. Indeed it is an extract from the google search. I'm just confused why there's an "an" in between the adjective and the noun (as simple an operation as)). Will the meaning be different if I change to 'a simple operation as'. My understanding of the extract is "To ask a question is a simple operation as it is to judge or to reason." Correct me if I am wrong and thanks in advance.

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    Re: Adjective

    The original is right. Your sentence is incorrect.
    There must be an article between the adjective and noun in a comparison like this. You can't leave it out.
    "She's as pretty a girl as you could find." = "You couldn't find a prettier girl." There's no easy alternative. "She's a pretty girl - so much so that you could not find one prettier."

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    Re: Adjective

    Are my understanding of the following contexts correct?
    (a) 'To ask a question, is as simple an operation as to judge or to reason - out of the three operations, to ask is the simplest of all.
    (b) "To ask a question is a simple operation as to judge or to reason - to ask, to judge and to reason are equally simple.
    (c) '"She's as pretty a girl as you could find."' - she is the prettiest of all you have found
    Last edited by iereiy; 08-Mar-2015 at 17:03.

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    Re: Adjective

    (a) is saying that that it is equally simple to ask a question, to judge, and to reason.
    (b) is an incorrect sentence. It doesn't mean anything.
    (c) Is saying that it is not possible to find anyone who is prettier than her.

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