I'm pretty much aware of how to use the "as..as" comparison in sentences like:

  • The apple is as red as a tomato.
  • The car is as old as my grandfather.


But I was wondering if in complex sentences "as..as" can work in the following ways (whether it is correct):

  • As many people there live as many opinions there are.
  • As big a tree can be as big a house we can build.
  • A many people live there as there are stars in the sky. I don't know what your second sentence is supposed to mean.
    – TimR
    Dec 21, 2017 at 15:08
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo - Agreed; that second one is as wrong as could be.
    – J.R.
    Dec 21, 2017 at 15:29

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Like TRomano said, your first one should go like this:

As many people live there as there are opinions.

As for the second one, I can think of a few possibilities, depending on what you are trying to say:

That tree is as big as any house we could build.

We can build a house as big as a tree.

As big as a tree can be, we can build a house just as big.

(Any of those would be grammatical, but yours is so far off that it's hard to even figure out what you're trying to say.)

  • The second sentence is your third example. ))) Thanks. Dec 21, 2017 at 15:32

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