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    Clever as he was, he still wasn't able to find a solution to the problem.

    Hi,
    Is this sentence completely correct in formal English:

    Clever as he was, he still wasn't able to find a solution to the problem.

    And is "clever as he was" means exactly "though he was clever"?

    Many thanks
    N.


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    Re: Clever as he was, he still wasn't able to find a solution to the problem.

    A sentence that might have been written by a native speaker!
    And your interpretation of the meaning is just about spot on:

    If we expand the sentence:
    "As clever as he was, he wasn't...."
    The nuance of this is, that you have 'clever people', and within that group, he was more clever than most of them; and even as clever as that, he still wasn't able...
    Last edited by David L.; 06-Jul-2008 at 20:04.


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    Re: Clever as he was, he still wasn't able to find a solution to the problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    And your interpretation of the meaning is just about spot on:
    Sorry but what do you mean by that?

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    Re: Clever as he was, he still wasn't able to find a solution to the problem.

    "Spot on" means exactly right.

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