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Correlative construction
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The equative can take the form of a correlative construction.

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The equative can take the form of a correlative construction. The correlative equative is introduced by saas, so, rather than by likeas, so (which is normally used for equatives):

Example 1

a. Sa fleurich as er juster wie, sa mankelyk is er hjoed
as happy as he yesterday was so melancholy is he today
As happy as he was yesterday, so melancholy is he today
b. *Like fleurich as er juster wie, like mankelyk is er hjoed
as happy as he yesterday was so melancholy is he today
As happy as he was yesterday, so melancholy is he today

In this respect, the equative correlative is similar to the comparative correlative. However, the equative correlative does not allow both clauses to have the word order of a subordinated clause:

Example 2

*Sa fleurich as er juster wie, sa mankelyk as er hjoed is
as happy as he yesterday was so melancholy as he today is
As happy as he was yesterday, so melancholy is he today

The comparative correlative allows both clauses to have the word order of a subordinated clauses (see Correlative construction).

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