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Hi

Please tell me if this sentence is correct.

He was as tired as he couldly scarcely stand.

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No.

He was so tired he could hardly stand.

(I prefer hardly, but scarcely is not wrong.)

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vsuresh

Hi

Please tell me if this sentence is correct.

He was as tired as he couldly could scarcely stand.

No, that's not a possible English sentence.

You probably want a so ... that ... construction.

He was so tired that he could scarcely stand.

"He could scarcely stand" is the result of being tired.


With as ... as ... you need a different ending.

He was as tired as [I was / you were].

The amount of tiredness is equal.

In your original sentence it doesn't make sense to say that the tiredness that he was experiencing was equal to the tiredness of "he could scarcely stand". "He could scarcely stand" is simply a fact. Facts don't experience tiredness.


More examples:

Too much sleep can leave you as tired as too little sleep.
Both Eddie and Jake looked as tired as Roland felt.
Gilbert wasn't as tired as he thought he would be after practice.

CJ

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You can also insert "that" before the second "he" in Rover's sentence.

Thank you, Rover and teechr.


Hi Rover

I have a question with that sentence.

While I don't see difficulty in understanding the answer you have given, I am not able to understand why the sentence with as...as can't be considered.

For example, we say "My sister is as tall as I am.

Can't we apply the same form in the sentence I posted there?

Please give your views.

Suresh

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 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.

Thank you very much, CJ.

Now, I understand it very well.