[as --- as
- Used with an adjective or adverb in a comparison or with the effect of a
John is as tall as his father now.
I didn't do as badly today
as I did yesterday.
John's father gave him a hard job and told him to do as
well as possible.
The sick girl was not hungry, but her mother told her to
eat as much as she could.
- Also used in the form "so --- as" in some
sentences, especially negative sentences.
This hill isn't nearly so high as the
last one we climbed.
- Often used in similes (comparisons that are figures of
The baby mouse looked as big as a minute.
Jim's face was red as a
beet after he made the foolish mistake.
- Most similes in conventional use are
cliches, avoided by careful speakers and writers.