What does the expression "as bad as it is" mean? Does it mean on top of that for e.g. as bad something (accident or something like that) is, something similarly bad?

I have been sick all week. As bad as it is, there are exams this weekend.

Or is it similar to "even though", like this expression:

As much as I like you, I don't agree with you on this.


In your examples it could be replaced by in spite of or despite.

In spite of the fact that I've been sick all week, there are exams this weekend [that I have to get through].

Despite how much I like you, I don't agree with you on this.

That should make the meaning clearer.

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    As your [that I have to get through] implies, I don't think OP's first example represents a particularly credible utterance. The [as] xxx as it is construction pretty much requires a "contrasting" conjunction, and for "I'm sick", I don't think "[but/and] there are exams this weekend" contrasts as clearly as "I have to sit those exams". OP's version would do better with something like "On top of all that", or "And if that weren't bad enough". Which isn't how the construction would be paraphrased in his example #2. – FumbleFingers Feb 1 '13 at 17:13
  • @Robusto Thabks for the answer, I understand the use of despite / in spite, but I want to know what does as bas as it is mean? – Dude Feb 1 '13 at 17:43
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    It's meaning is literal: Even given how bad it [the situation] is something still must be done that would have been easier if [the situation] were not the case. – Jim Feb 1 '13 at 17:49

"As bad as it is" implies that while you think the situation is bad, it could be worse. At that point you either supply a reason that the situation is actually worse:

As bad as the report is, he now wants to add 5 pages about lint traps.

... or you provide a contrast to show it isn't as bad as it could be:

As bad as the movie is, at least they don't literally jump a shark.

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