Have you ever heard the expression “as American as apple pie?” This expression is an example of a phrase in English that compares two things. It uses the following formula:
noun + be verb + as + adjective + as + noun
Here are some more examples:
- My dog is as old as my cat.
- Have you tried skateboarding? It is as hard as it looks.
- I’m as good with phrasal verbs as a native speaker.
- Laser tag is as fun as indoor rock climbing.
- La Jolla is as crowded as usual.
The best thing about the “as . . . as” comparison is that you do not have to change the adjective to a comparative (adding “-er”) or superlative (adding “-est”) form. Keeping the adjective the same means that you will probably make less mistakes! It’s as easy as pie (another great expression!).
Here are some more useful “as . . . as” idioms:
- as blind as a bat (can’t see)
- as cool as a cucumber (very cool, laid-back)
- as busy as a bee
- as clean as a whistle
- as free as a bird
- as happy as a clam
- as hard/tough as nails
- as plain as day (when something is obvious)
- as sick as a dog
- as soon as possible
Can you guess the adjectives for the following idioms?
- as ______________ as hell
- as ______________ as a lion
- as ______________ as an elephant
- as ______________ as a mouse
- as ______________ as a feather
- as ______________ as mud (sarcastic)
- as HOT as hell
- as BRAVE as a lion
- as CLUMSY as an elephant
- as QUIET as a mouse
- as LIGHT as a feather
- as CLEAR as mud (sarcastic)