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    Dear,

    In the sentence:
    There can be as serious a distortion of historical accuracy as occurred in the popular movie about American Indians called "Dances with Wolves."

    1. is the sentence correct?
    2. if yes, how do you interprete "as... as"
    does its usage have the meaning as the following sentence?
    " A is as long as B."

    many thanks

    paula

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    Re: as....as

    It is grammatical, but it's not analogous with your 'as long as' example. It means 'There can be as serious a distortion of historical accuracy as [the one that] occurred...'.

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    Re: as....as

    thanks,
    but
    is it the same to the sentence--
    There can be a serious distorition of historical accuracy as occuracy in....

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    Re: as....as

    Quote Originally Posted by paula View Post
    thanks,
    but
    is it the same to the sentence--
    There can be a serious distorition of historical accuracy as occuracy in....
    "There can be as serious a distortion of historical accuracy as of accuracy in....[some other respect]"

    Is that what you mean?

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    Re: as....as

    The "as ... as" correlative is "used to express similarity or equality in a specified characteristic, condition, etc., as between one person or thing and another."

    The sentence means whatever "occurred in the popular movie about American Indians called ’Dances with Wolves’" is a "serious a distortion of historical accuracy". There’s a "distortion" in the movie: It’s a serious one; it’s a serious distortion of historical accuracy.

    " A is as long as B" means the length of A equals that of B.

    "As long as" means during the whole time that, provided that, and only of as in "I could do it for you as long as you asked me politely."

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