We are as tall as


We are as tall as them or We are as tall as they. Which sentence is correct and why?

asked Jan 21 '13 at 12:42 Sanjeev Kumar New member

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You will hear 'We are as tall as them.' in conversation and even in print, but 'they' is correct.


We are as tall as they [are tall].

link comment answered Jan 21 '13 at 12:44 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I think the most-correct sentence would be We are as tall as they areWe are as tall as them sounds wrong, and We are as tall as they are tall also sounds really wrong. 


To be honest, it is a strange question, because it would be highly unusual to be able to equate the height of a group of people with the height of one other person.  Few people's heights are exactly the same, and as tall as... means pretty much the exact same height, does it not?  The chances of 3 people being exactly the same height are quite slim, methinks...  When something--in this case, height--is able to be measured down to the millimetre, as...as comparisons sound a bit strange.


With other adjectives, like good at, the comparison sounds a bit more natural.  For example, I am as good at speaking Japanese as they are sounds fine to me (I can speak Japanese as well as they can sounds at least as natural, if not more so), and the equation doesn't need to be so precise in that case.  Or maybe I am way off base....

link answered Jan 21 '13 at 13:00 Shawn Mooney Expert

You're right about the putting the final 'are' in the sentence. It sounds better and is correct. I can see this sample sentence making sense in comparing two basketball teams. It would be referencing the collective heights of each team.As an aside, have you seen an English language sports reporter on TV over there by the name of Maki Hasegawa? He's a step-nephew.

Lewis NeidhardtJan 21 '13 at 13:41

Hey Lewis, no I don't watch much Japanese TV and I am not at all interested in sports, but I will keep my eye open for him.

Shawn MooneyJan 21 '13 at 14:03

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