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As/ However /No matter + adjective
1) AS ( conjunction ) : ADJECTIVE + AS + SUBJECT + VERB : ADJ. + AS + SUBJECT + VERB = although
ex : Angry as he was, he couldn't help smiling. = Angry though he was, he couldn't help smiling ...
- First, let's insist on the fact that 'as+ adjective + as + subject + verb' is a mistake in British English. Except for comparisons, the first 'as' must be suppressed.
Indeed, British people say : He is as tall as you are. but : Tall as you are, you are still shorter than he is.
This form is undoubtedly extremely frequent in English-speaking countries. Many other forms are equivalent and are used in a great variety of situations and contexts :
ex : Surprising though it may seem, he came alone and stayed alone ...
ex : Although she was nice, she sometimes lost her temper ...
ex : She continued her work till the end, even though she was very tired.
2) HOWEVER (= adverb) : HOWEVER + ADJECTIVE + SUBJECT + VERB = HOWEVER +ADJ. + SUBJECT + VERB = degree, amount.
ex : However hungry I am, I 'm never able to finish a whole pizza.
ex : However polite he's said to be, he cursed at me for five minutes !
3) NO MATTER ... : NO MATTER HOW + ADJ. + SUBJECT + VERB = NO MATTER HOW + ADJECTIVE + SUBJECT + VERB = something is true, whatever the situation....
a) + adjective : = No matter how + adjective + subject + verb.
ex : No matter how nice she was, she sometimes lost her temper.
ex : He can't lose weight', no matter how hard he tries.
NO MATTER HOW + adjective + subject + verb = HOWEVER + adjective + subject + verb = ADJECTIVE + AS + subject +verb
b) No matter may be followed by ‘What, when, why, who, whose, where, if, etc. with the same meaning as 'it doesn't matter', 'it's not very important' ...
ex : No matter what road you take, you'll get there in no time !
ex : Taking a car will be quicker than walking there, no matter whose car you'll borrow ...
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