Contraction in comparatives

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jun 19 13:34:10 UTC 2006

I find the following pretty bad.

1. This pistol is as long as I'm tall.

Especially compared to the non-contracted version.

2. This pistol is as long as I am tall.

I'm not sure of my judgement in this case, so I'd love
to hear opinions. Also, are there dialects where (1)
is acceptable (if it's not good for others)?

I'm trying to figure out why this sentence:

3. I'm gonna buy me a pistol just as long as I'm tall.

from the Everly Brother's version of 'T for Texas'
bothers me. I think it' the contraction, but I'm not


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