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    Almost as old

    Dracula is almost as old as the hills.

    "almost as old" is confusing.

    "Almost" is an adverb. "Old" is an adjective. What part of speech is the first "as," another adverb modifying "old"?

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    Re: Almost as old

    I suppose it is like an adverb, yes. I can't see what else you could call it.

    I think it modifies old, yes.

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    Re: Almost as old

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Dracula is almost as old as the hills.

    "almost as old" is confusing. "Almost" is an adverb. "Old" is an adjective. What part of speech is the first "as," another adverb modifying "old"?
    Dracula is almost as old as the hills.

    Yes, the first "as" is an adverb of degree modifying "old".

    The comparative meaning can be seen here:

    "Dracula is almost x old; the hills are y old; x=y"

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