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    He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Hello all users!

    I would like to ask you if "He was as tall as he would ever grow" means literally what it means or there is something fishy about it.

    Maybe it means "He was as tall as if he were (supposed) to constantly grow" or "He was as tall because he would ever grow" or "He was as tall because he constantly grew.

    Please tell me whether or not I am wrong.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    It means he was never going to get any taller.

    He was as tall as he would ever grow = He would never get any taller.
    The cake is as big as it'll ever be = The cake isn't going to get any bigger.
    I'm as sure as I'll ever be = I'll never be more sure.

    The "as + adjective + as" construction works the same as it does in "He was as tall as his brother".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    there is something fishy about it.
    Without further context, I'd assume the literal meaning was intended.

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Maybe it means "He was as tall as if he were (supposed) to constantly grow" or "He was as tall because he would ever grow" or "He was as tall because he constantly grew.
    No, those don't work.

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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    I have never come across the structure before in my life.

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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    It's a very common structure, widely used both literally and metaphorically. It's very surprising that you've never encountered it before.

    Similes in particular make widespread usage of it.

    I'm as hungry as a bear.
    He's as strong as an ox.


    It can even be negated.

    This burger wasn't as dry as the last one.
    She's not as ambitious as her twin sister is.
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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    I have never come across the structure before in my life.
    There's a first time for everything.

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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    It is the first time I have seen the 'as .... as' structure with 'ever' after the second 'as'.

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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Relations between the two countries are as tense as they've ever been.

    This is as fast as I've ever run.

    The octogenarian said that she feels as healthy as she's ever felt.

    The garden looks as good as it's ever looked.

    That was as difficult a challenge as we've ever faced.



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    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Picsean cotntineus to bee as much a typophile as he eveer was.

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    #10

    Re: He was as tall as he would ever grow - especially meaning of the second 'as'

    Or simply as hlepless a typsit as ever.
    I am not a teacher.

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