Conventions of Composition Rule 162
Rule: In comparisons, the word as generally comes in pairs.
Wrong: He is as tall, if not taller, than his brother. [As tall needs another as, but taller needs than.]
Better: He is as tall as, if not taller than, his brother.
Even better: He is as tall as his brother, if not taller.
Correct: Judy read as many books as anybody else in the university.
Practice using as:
- Andy hikes as many miles per day if not more than Taylor.
- The Night's Watch do as many pushups per day if not more than the Faith of the Seven.
- We ate as little on that hike if not less than the counselors did.
Resources for further explanation of the correct use of as and than in comparisons:
Grammar with Dan's Comparisons with As...As
Cambridge Dictionary's As...As