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I have to say I have an issue with the phrase "as best I can". After all, "best" is the superlative form of "well" and does not belong in the comparative construction "as... as" - not to mention that the second "as", for some reason, is nowhere to be found. This, in my view, is akin to saying: "I would be glad to help you as most I can" instead of "as much as I can" ("most" being the superlative form of "much"). Is this simply a widespread error (much like the now-ubiquitous and "the reason... is because") or has it become an idiom - and if so, when did this happen? The easy way out, of course, is to avoid the construction entirely - which is what I usually find myself doing - but I was wondering if anybody out there had similar qualms about using this phrase.