For example:

A is a basic thing for B as C is to D.

Is it correct?

Please explain with examples if possible.


In that sentence, it simply means that A is a basic thing for B in the same way that C is a basic thing for D.

The construction in this meaning can sometimes also be joined by just for more emphasis:

A is a basic thing for B just as C is to D.

  • using just compulsory? – Vikas Nov 29 '15 at 13:48
  • @VikasKumar No, definitely not compulsory. I meant to just show you that it can be added for emphasis. – Vlammuh Nov 29 '15 at 14:01
  • I think using just there implies a greater degree of similarity between how A relates to B and how C relates to D. A less "emphatic" alternative might be A is a basic thing for B in the same way as C is [a basic thing to/for] D. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 29 '15 at 14:44
  • Thank you. One more question. Should I used gerund with "comfortable" in this sentence: I'm not comfortable using complex words and sentences. ? (I want to use "use" verb only). – Vikas Dec 1 '15 at 18:08
  • @VikasKumar If you have new questions that are not related to this one, please look for answers on the website and post them as a new question if you cannot find the answer. – Vlammuh Dec 1 '15 at 21:10

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