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What does it excatly mean when someone says "Strong/smart as I am" ? Does it mean they are trying to say eventhough they are strong but .... ?

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    "As X as he is," is a wonderfully compact way of saying "Even though he is, as has already been noted, more that unremarkably X,..." Note that there is an element of degree: "As New-York-born as I am, I don't root for the local teams." would not work, because "New-York-born" is a binary status, not something one can be "as much as." – remarkl Feb 11 at 16:50
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    The person who is smart considers him/herself smart or strong and is saying the other person is strong/smart too. – Karlomanio Feb 11 at 17:24
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    @Karlomanio That would be correct if the person was saying "You are as strong as I am", but I think the OP was asking about a sentence such as "Strong as I am, I was unable to lift the box". – Kate Bunting Feb 11 at 17:53
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    Good point @KateBunting. I think more context is needed because it's hard to know for sure either way. – Karlomanio Feb 11 at 18:46