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I do understand idioms...even regional ones. But "as best as" seems less idiomatic than confused.

It may be that saying "I did good", when what you mean is that you did something well, is common and well understood...but it is not idiomatic, just a common grammatical mistake. Similarly, conflating an adverbial element with an comparative adjective may be a common mistake and trivial to some, but I am not sure that really makes it idiomatic.

Anna September 16, 2010, 11:03pm

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This has driven me crazy for years seems to me that the problem is that it is a question of "being" rather than "doing".

I will be the best I can.

It will be the best day of my life.

With "best" acting as an adjective for the object "I" or "day".


"I will do it as well as I can."

with "well" acting as an adverb describing the action and using the adverbial form "as".

When you say:

"I will run it the best that I can" I think the deeper grammer is that "it" (the implied run) will be the best, not you. An adjective.

Whereas, if you say "I will run it as well as I can" the reflection is on your running. An adverb.

"As best as I can" seems like it an uncomfortable attempt to make an adjective serve in the place of an adverb.

Anna September 16, 2010, 4:55pm

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