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    #1

    as best you can

    as best you can
    not perfectly but as well as you are able

    We'll manage as best we can.

    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari..._2#best_idmg_1
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    I am wondering about the structure of the phrase. For example,

    I'll do it as best I can.

    Can I take it to mean the two?

    1.
    I'll do it as I can do it best.
    2. I'll do it in the best way I can do it.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    Re: as best you can

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    1. I'll do it as I can do it best.
    What do you mean by that?

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    #3

    Re: as best you can

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post

    I am wondering about the structure of the phrase.
    My advice to you is: don't. There are other things to wonder about. Just concentrate on the meaning and use and accept the structure as it is. The meaning is expressed very clearly in the dictionary entry you quoted.

    Structurally, you just need to learn it as a semi-fixed expression: as best + subject pronoun + can
    Last edited by jutfrank; 29-Jan-2020 at 16:25.

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    Re: as best you can

    Thank you both.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    1. I'll do it as I can do it best.
    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    What do you mean by that?
    I mean something like this:

    I'll do it to the best level I can do it.

    Is this one better?
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #5

    Re: as best you can

    No.

    I'll do it as well as I can.

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    Re: as best you can

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I'll do it to the best level I can do it.

    Is this one better?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.
    Thank you, Rover_KE.

    What do you mean by "no"? I think my sentence above is grammatical, so do you mean it sounds too wordy or something?
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    Re: as best you can

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I mean something like this:

    I'll do it to the best level I can do it.

    Is this one better?
    This question is confusing in a way that is very typical of you, kadioguy. As is so often the case, I don't know if you're trying simply to understand the meaning of the phrase or if you're trying to rephrase it in a different way.

    1) If you're trying to understand the meaning, then yes, I'm confident you've understood correctly.

    2) If you're trying to rephrase the phrase, then don't. There's no need to. Get the meaning first, and then notice the structural form that expresses the meaning. That's how you learn. The dictionary entry you quoted explains the meaning very clearly. Do you really not understand? If not, which part of it don't you understand?

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    #8

    Re: as best you can

    Kadioguy, try:

    I'll do my best.

    Or:

    I'll do the best I can.

    Or:

    I'll do my level best.

    All are used.
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    Re: as best you can

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I'll do my best.

    Or:

    I'll do the best I can.

    Or:

    I'll do my level best.
    I think it's worth pointing out that those phrases are grammatically different from the phrase we're discussing.

    I'll do the best I can.
    I'll do it as best I can.

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    #10

    Re: as best you can

    Thank you all.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    This question is confusing in a way that is very typical of you, kadioguy. As is so often the case, I don't know if you're trying simply to understand the meaning of the phrase or if you're trying to rephrase it in a different way.

    1) If you're trying to understand the meaning, then yes, I'm confident you've understood correctly.

    2) If you're trying to rephrase the phrase, then don't. There's no need to. Get the meaning first, and then notice the structural form that expresses the meaning. That's how you learn. The dictionary entry you quoted explains the meaning very clearly. Do you really not understand? If not, which part of it don't you understand?
    Hi, jutfrank. I am (1), trying to understand the meaning, because I have realized that it seems to be impossible to analyse/analyze the structure of this phrase in a grammatical way.

    (I should have clarified this in my last post to save members' time. )
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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