"as good a guys"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun May 27 03:04:59 UTC 2007

Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 1:07 PM -0700 5/26/07, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> I sent this construction to a friend who responded: as good as any guys. BB
> Well, that's close, but the difference between the two possible
> singular versions
> He's as good (of) a guy as any I've ever coached.
> He's as good as any guy I've ever coached.
> suggests that the substitution doesn't yield a perfect paraphrase.
I considered that as well, but despite the difference in rhythm, they
feel syntactically identical with the exception of person. BB

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