I saw this headline somewhere.

FBI Director Wray on shutdown: 'I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time'.

But I got confused what the quotation means. How to analyze it?

  • I haven't been so angry for a long time.
  • The shutdown is too long and irritates me.
  • I've been angry for a long time.

Which is correct or anything else?


1 Answer 1


The first meaning is correct.

The second might be true, but was not said.

The third is certainly not what is meant.

The sentence has the

as ... as ...

construction. For example

I am as hungry as a horse.

He is as cool as a cucumber.

and a bit more complex than

I'm as angry as I've ever been.

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