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The very common fixed figurative expression as ______ as a(n) ___ is often used in informal conversation.Here are two more examples that were not given earlier:

as _____ as a(n) _____ (#6)

as neat as a pin: very neat; very clean and orderly

Lupe must spend a lot of time cleaningher house. It's always as neat as a pin.

as sharp as a tack: very clever; very intelligent(used for people). (Note: Sharp, here, means"quick to understand.")



A: Sandra's son seems very bright.   B: Oh, he is. In fact, he's as sharp as a tackHe gets nothing but A's in school.



 

a general expression withas _____ as a(n) _____

In addition to specific, fixed expressions with as ___ as a(n) _____ , there is also a general expression usedwith many different adjectives:

as _____ as _____ can be

This expression means "very (adjective)," "unusually(adjective)," or "totally (adjective)" and is generallyused to describe people. The adjectives show opinionsor judgments of value:

That baby is unusually cute. /That baby is as cute as cute can be.

Mr. Smith is quite nice. /Mr. Smith is as nice as nice can be.

She was extremely rude. /She was as rude as rude can be.

He's unusually patient. /He's as patient as patient can be.

Kenny is unusually honest. /Kenny is as honest as honest can be.

Susie's children are exceptionally polite.Susie's children are as polite aspolite can be.

These strawberries are unusually sweet. /These strawberries are as sweet assweet can be.

 


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