Common mistake Comparison with 'as'

Comparison with 'as'

One common mistake that many people make when writing is the incorrect usage of the word 'as' in comparisons. The correct construction for a comparison is 'as \2 as'.

Incorrect Usage:

  • He is as tall, if not taller, than his brother.
  • She runs as fast, if not faster, as him.

In the examples above, the word 'as' is used incorrectly. To make a proper comparison, we need to include the second 'as'. Let's correct the sentences:

Correct Usage:

  • He is as tall as, if not taller than, his brother.
  • She runs as fast as, if not faster than, him.

By adding the second 'as' in the comparison, the sentences now make sense and follow the correct grammatical structure.

As a side note, one useful tool for checking and correcting grammar mistakes like this is Linguix grammar checker.

Comparison with 'as' mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    This house is as big than mine.

    This house is as big as mine.

  • Incorrect:
    This box contains as much like possible.

    This box contains as much as possible.

  • Correct:
    This house is as big as mine.
  • Correct:
    It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.
  • Correct:
    This strikes me as less than a satisfactory expression of appreciation.
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