I came across the following sentence.

I'm in my heavy tank. as slow as it is, I'm bringing it to the front line to help my team.

Here are two questions.

First, Can you explain "as slow as it is" more easily to me? I guess that the original form is like "As the tank is slow as it is,". Right?

Second, I can't get the meaning of 'bringing'. please explain detailed or with alternate words.

  • as ... as = equally; I'm bringing it means your moving yourself along with the tank to some place.
    – Schwale
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:00
  • @Ustanak Yeah, Thanks to you and Peter, I got to have the grasp of the word 'bring' in its usage. I've mistaken that 'bring' can be used when the speaker is at destination. but I found the present progressive like 'i'm bringing' in my sentence above is used. so I think it make a little sense.
    – GT Kim
    Feb 18, 2016 at 15:44

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The construction

as adjective as it is

is used to emphasize the properties of the adjective used, meaning very + adjective

as slow as it is (very slow)
as expensive as it is (very expensive)
as complicated as it is (very complicated)
as tall as he is (very tall)
as pretty as she is (very pretty)

and is used to make a counterfactual statement

As tall as he is, he doesn't play basketball
As pretty as she is, she doesn't have a boyfriend

The use of bring in your example means to lead or to drive or to get.
It does not mean to carry.

Bring the horses around.
I didn't want to bring up the uncomfortable subject.

  • Thank you Peter. but I can't understand your exaplanation and example sentences on a counterfactual statement, because in my guess my sentence can break up like 'the tank is slow, but I bring it to the front line.'. or 'Though the tank is slow, I bring it to the front line.' by context meaning.
    – GT Kim
    Feb 18, 2016 at 14:02
  • I don't think it is a counterfactual exactly; it just means "regardless of this fact" or "although". So your guess is correct, @GTKim; it means something like "I'm in my heavy tank even though it is slow" or "I'm in my heavy tank despite the fact that it is slow."
    – stangdon
    Feb 18, 2016 at 15:16

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