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    #1

    Usage of "AS"

    Is it acceptable the following expression "...as best we could", without "as" before "we could"?

    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by demarines; 11-May-2009 at 16:48. Reason: I found out one solution


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    Re: Usage of "AS"

    Is it acceptable the following expression "...as best we could", without "as" before "we could"?
    Not only is "...as best we could" acceptable, but in my opinion it is more common.

    Greg

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    #3

    Re: Usage of "AS"

    I don't think it's more common, but I agree it sounds better.


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    #4

    Re: Usage of "AS"

    Not to my ears!
    OK for cool teenagers, but...

    You need to decide: wanna sound street-wise; or do you want to know what will be less of a hindrance in achieving your ambitions in the wider world?

    "Best I could" is highly colloquial with adults.
    Last edited by David L.; 12-May-2009 at 23:37.

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    #5

    Re: Usage of "AS"

    You're right, David, but I think he was comparing:

    AS best as I could....

    and

    As best I could.


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    #6

    Re: Usage of "AS"

    Ah. Ahhh!.
    I was off at a tangent. Glad you're on the ball.

    So - 'as best as I could' if you want to be formal, or emphatic, depending on the situation or context.
    'as best I could '- so you don't sound ponderous and pedantic in a more 'colloquial' situation.
    'best I could' - ditto from my previous post.

    Peer review: keeps the information we offer in this forum spot on.

    Note: I've employed the same 'colloquial' way of speaking in this post as 'as best I could':
    I wrote, "Glad you're..." instead of "I'm glad you're..." because I feel relaxed and talking to a friend.
    and similarly
    "keeps the information..." instead of "It keeps the information..."
    Last edited by David L.; 13-May-2009 at 08:42.

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    #7

    Re: Usage of "AS"

    Interesting contributions, all. It's funny, but to my Canadian ears,

    "As best I could" sounds slightly more old-fashioned, Victorian and formal than...

    "As best as I could" which sounds contemporary, colloquial and common.

    Go figure. Maybe we Canadians have our as'es in our heads backwards....?


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    Re: Usage of "AS"

    "As best as I could" which sounds contemporary, colloquial and common.

    konungursvia: as much as I'm growing to like you; and as much as my head swims with the bad grammar/sentence construction in threads that I can nevertheless 'divine' the meaning late at night such that the worst of a tense form of a verb seems quite natural to me...
    ...and with the general proclivity of the masses for brevity....(as opposed to long-winded me)...

    ...what gives, in Canada, that "As best as I could" which sounds contemporary, colloquial and common." holds sway?

    Rhetorical question. Who knows. To some questions, there is no answer befitting all occasions, all countries.
    Last edited by David L.; 13-May-2009 at 13:56.

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