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I woul like to ask whether the following sentence is correct: “Tourism plays as an important role as export in determing economic growth” Is it possible to use adjective + noun between as and as

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This sort of expression has two somewhat different constructions; in neither does the compared adjective immediately precede its head.

  1. The more common construction puts the compared adjective before the determinate noun phrase it modifies:

    Tourism plays as important a role as export [plays] in . . .

  2. The more formal construction puts the entire comparative construction after the determinate noun phrase it modifies:

    Tourism plays a role as important as export [plays] in . . .

The bracketed element may be omitted, and usually is.

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