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Using tan ... como = as ... as (comparatives with adjectives and adverbs)

When we want to express that something has the same qualities as another thing, for example Paul is as tall as John, in Spanish we use tan ... como.

Use tan ... como with adjectives/adverbs

Adjectives:

El libro es tan bueno como la serie.
The book is as good as the series.

Las mariposas son tan bonitas como las libélulas.
Butterflies are as pretty as dragonflies.

La paella es tan sabrosa como la fabada.
The paella is as tasty as the fabada [bean and pork stew].

El esmoquin es tan elegante como el frac.
The tuxedo is as elegant as the morning suit.

Note: as always, adjectives need to agree in number and gender with the noun they refer to.

Adverbs:

Miguel come tan lentamente como Laura.
Miguel eats as slowly as Laura.

Mi coche corre tan rápidamente como el tuyo.
My car runs as quickly as yours.

Juan vive tan felizmente como María.
Juan lives as happily as María.

 

See also:

Using tanto como with verbs and nouns to say as much/many ... as (comparatives)

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Examples and resources

Mi coche corre tan rápidamente como el tuyo.
My car runs as quickly as yours.


El esmoquin es tan elegante como el frac.
The tuxedo is as elegant as the morning suit.


Miguel come tan lentamente como Laura.
Miguel eats as slowly as Laura.


La paella es tan sabrosa como la fabada.
The paella is as tasty as the fabada [bean and pork stew].


Juan vive tan felizmente como María.
Juan lives as happily as María.


Las mariposas son tan bonitas como las libélulas.
Butterflies are as pretty as dragonflies.


El libro es tan bueno como la serie.
The book is as good as the series.


Q&A

Lyndsey

Kwiziq community member

29 June 2018

1 reply

Curious

El smoking es tan elegante como el frac.

I find this example strange, can you check the audio to ensure it matches? I am having trouble with "smoking" how would that be pronounced? Ess-mo-keng? I guess this word is just throwing me for a loop

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

30 June 2018

30/06/18

Hi Lyndsey


I checked the audio. I changed the word "smoking" which is obviously the word we took from the English to describe this type of suit/jacket, and can be used with the English spelling, for the Spanish adaptation of it which is "esmoquin", which is also valid.


Just for your information, in Spain, generally, words that we adapt from the English and start with an s, (like this one) will be pronounced as "es". The reason for this is that in Spanish we find very difficult to pronounce words that have two consonants in the beginning, so we tend to add an "imaginary e".


Another example would be the word "stand". We do use this English word but you will generally hear it as "es-tand", for the same reason as above.


Saludos


Inma

Clever stuff underway!