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The equative complement
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The equative complement can be an argument:

Example 1

Do bist like tûk as him
you are.2SG as smart as him.ACC
You are as smart as he is

The equative complement is a clause:

Example 2

Kinst der like goed mei ophâlde as der mei trochgean
can.2SG R as well with stop as R with continue
It does not matter if you quit or if you continue

The equative complement can be a metaphor causing a high degree reading on the adjective:

Example 3

Sa drunken as in kroade
as drunk as a wheelbarrow
Very drunk

The equative complement is introduced by the same word as the comparative complement, asas. The word likeas can be replaced in the examples above by the synonymous phrase krekt sajust as, except when the equative complement is a metaphor.

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