June 10, 2008

AS ADJECTIVE AS

· He is as active as his brother. (Both are equally active)

· He is as simple as his sister. (Both are simple)

· Kolkata is as hotter as New Delhi in the summer.

  • As bold as brass. As brave as Lion.
  • As blind as bat. As brittle as glass.
  • As bright as day. As bitter as gall.
  • As cheerful as a lark. As black as a pitch.
  • As busy as a bee. As clear as crystal.
  • As deaf as a post. As cunning as a fox.
  • As fat as a whale. As dry as dust.
  • As fickle as a weather cock. As dump as a statue.
  • As firm as a rock. As fresh as daisy.
  • As grave as a judge. As quick as light/ quick silver.
  • As sharp as a razor. As silly as a goose.
  • As soft as butter. As still as statue.
  • As true as steel. As wise as Soloman/ as an owl.
  • As white as snow. As innocent as dove.
  • As loud as a thunder. As hungry as a hawk.
  • As like as two peas. As pale as death.
  • As light as feather. As obstinate as a mule.
  • As heavy as lead. As lively as a cricket.
  • As poor as a church mouse. As red as a rose.
  • As fierce as a tiger. As free as the air.
  • As good as gold. As proud as a peacock.
  • As regular as clock. As silent as velvet.
  • As sour as vinegar. As straight as an arrow.
  • As stupid as a donkey. As timid as a hare.
  • As sure as death. As certain as death./ two plus two equals four.

This is but a traditional small list of adjectives and nouns which are compared using the as+adj.+as+noun constructin. But one can make hundreds of such phrases changing the qualitative adjectives and the nouns. All these depend on the speakers/writers and their view points.

Similarly, the negative construction is also used to show two dissimilar things or persons.

Not+As+Adjective+AS+Noun. (Dissimilarity is shown)

· He is not as active as his brother.

· Bangaluru is not as hot as Kolkata in the summer.

· Washington is not as busy as New York.

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