Let's look at the following sentences.

He is better than I'm.(Than is used as Conjunction)

=>He is better than I.

=>He is better than me.(Than is used as preposition).

We've dropped 'am ' from the first sentence and made the second sentence. As far as I know they all are grammatical and mean the same thing. If I'm wrong please correct me.

Now my question is can I drop 'am' by the same way in the case of 'as'. Would this transformation be correct?

She is as inteligent as I'm.

=>She is as intelligent as I.

=>She is as intelligent as me.


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No, you cannot use I'm at the end of a clause. It has to be

He's better than I am.


She's as intelligent as I am.

The general rule is "We don’t use affirmative contractions at the end of clauses." You can say "I'm short but he isn't", but you can't use I'm like that.

  • Ok I got to your point. Actually my question was not about contraction at the end. My question is if we can drop 'am' from the sentences 'He is better than I am ' , 'She is as intelligent as I am ' and rewrite them as 'He is better than I' and 'She is as intelligent as I'. Commented Feb 16, 2023 at 3:13
  • Yes, you can (though some posters on this forum might claim that it sounds stiff and old-fashioned!). Many casual speakers would say '...as me', though that is, strictly speaking, incorrect (because you can't say 'as me am'). Commented Feb 16, 2023 at 10:54

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