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Sentence 1: I haven't known him as long as you.

Sentence 2: I haven't known him as long as you have known him.

Sentence 3: I haven't known him as long as I have known you.

Does the meaning of sentence 1 equal to sentence 2 or sentence 3?

Thank you very much!

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Depending on the context, it can be (2) or (3).

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  • Is the second "as" in "as long as" a proposition or conjunction? – April Aug 7 '14 at 4:59
  • It's an adverb used in comparisons. – CocoPop Aug 7 '14 at 13:06
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Sentence 1 can be better expressed with a have at the end:

I haven't known him as long as you have.

This sentence has essentially the same meaning as sentence 2:

I haven't known him as long as you have known him.

However, sentence 3 has a slightly different meaning:

I haven't known him as long as I have known you.

Consider that there are two people A and B, talking about C. In the first two sentences, B tells A that he/she hasn't known C as long as A has known C. However, in the third sentence, B says to A that he/she hasn't known C as long as he/she has known A. There's the difference.

Hope it's clear now!

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