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What is the correct syntax when you want to compare or contrast two things using 'as adjective as'?

Is it syntactically correct to say: "You should be as hurt when someone in another country dies as you would when someone in your country does."

I am looking for a general syntax: --first part of the sentence-- as adjective --first thing-- as --thing to which it is compared/contrasted--.

Is there a simpler way to present it?

  • Comparative/superlative - esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/comp.htm – user66974 May 24 '17 at 7:05
  • It's called 'scalar comparison of equality'. The first "as" is called the 'comparative governor' and the second "as" heads the preposition phrase complement – BillJ May 24 '17 at 7:10
  • Your analysis is good. The form is 'as X as Y' with side material thrown in. "You should be as fresh (at dawn) as you are relaxed (at bedtime)." – Yosef Baskin May 24 '17 at 17:30

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