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    What's the difference?

    I would like to know what the difference between the use an unuse of "as" in the following sentence:
    "We can only hope that what is eventually built on the site is as eye-catching."
    "We can only hope that what is eventually built on the site is (-) eye-catching."

    Thanks for helping out.

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    I would like to know what the difference between the use an unuse of "as" in the following sentence:
    "We can only hope that what is eventually built on the site is as eye-catching."
    "We can only hope that what is eventually built on the site is (-) eye-catching."

    Thanks for helping out.
    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    In the first example, you are saying that you hope that what is built on the site is as eye-catching as another building. The other building part is implied. For example, I might say, "I hope I am as excited as you." In this case, you are excited, and I am hoping to be at the same level of excitement as you are. It is understood that there is an 'are' at the end of the sentence.

    In the second sentence, you are simply hoping that the building is 'eye-catching' or attractive. You are not comparing it to something else.

    I hope that makes sense and good luck learning English!

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    Re: What's the difference?

    The first sentence implicitly makes a comparison of what is to be built with something which is existing and is eye-catching.
    The second sentence does not.

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