As Cold as Ice: A Guide to As…As Expressions
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  • 11th December 2022

As Cold as Ice: A Guide to As…As Expressions

There are several kinds of as…as expressions in English. They are used to make comparisons between two things or people using an adjective or adverb.

Here are some common as…as expressions:

As blind as a bat

As clean as a whistle

As cool as a cucumber

As busy as a bee

As cheap as dirt

As clear as mud (i.e., something is not clear)

As dead as a doornail

As easy as pie

As good as new

Here are some example sentences:

My 96-year-old grandmother is as blind as a bat, but she makes great cookies.

My mother is crazy, but my dad is as cool as a cucumber.

You are as busy as a bee this week! You should rest this weekend.

That car is as cheap as dirt. I think there’s something wrong with it.

I broke my leg, but after surgery, it’s as good as new!

That teacher’s lecture was as clear as mud.

Read on to learn more about the different types of as…as expressions.

As + adjective/adverb + as

This type of as…as expression is used to make comparisons.

She was as sweet as rain.

Today’s weather is as bad as yesterday’s. It has been snowing all day.

He’s as cold as ice.

(He is not friendly or he is very cold.)

Not + as + adjective/adverb + as

This construction is used for comparisons that are not equal.

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The cake is not as good as yours.

(Your cake is better.)

He is not as fast as his friend.

(His friend is faster than him.)

This competition is not as difficult as the previous one.

(It is easier than the previous competition.)

As + adjective/adverb + as + possibility/ability

This as…as expression is used to express a possibility or ability.

Please get here as soon as possible.

(This is where the abbreviation ASAP comes from.)

She got to the school as quickly as she could.

(Same meaning as ASAP.)

If you have the money, go to as many places as you can.

As much as / as many as

We use as much as with uncountable nouns.

Rachel can eat as much cake as John. She really loves cake.

There was not as much food as I had wanted at the wedding.

We use as many as with countable nouns.

You can have as many pencils as I have.

(We can have an equal number of pencils.)

She has as many dolls as the princess of England.

(The girl has many dolls.)

I would like as many bags as my mother has.

There are many ways to make comparisons in English. Using as…as expressions is a great place to start! If you need help with making comparisons or with English grammar, the experts at Proofed will proofread your first 500 words for free!

Comments (2)
M
11th December 2022 at 21:54
Oh lord does every single one of these have to be over done and bad writing? Horrible. Try again!
    Proofed
    18th December 2022 at 14:02
    Hi there. We’ve put together these examples to show how this construction works, rather than aim for literary masterpieces! We just wanted them to be clear to demonstrate the different types of comparisons. I hope this has been useful anyway.

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