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FCE (First Certificate)
Linking Expressions with As ... As

'As + adjective + as' does appear in the FCE exam in normal comparatives. However, there are also some expressions using 'as ... as' which have another meaning. Look at these examples, then try the exercises below to practise using the expressions.

I studied Japanese as well as Spanish. also, in addition
I fell asleep as soon as I closed my eyes.when (immediately)
I'll lend you £100 as long as you pay me back.but only if
He's still a teacher as far as I know.to this extent
As many as 3 million people speak French.
(also with much, few and little)
up to, and including

Note that much and little are used with uncountable nouns (such as 'food' or 'money'), while many and few are used with countable plural nouns (such as 'apples' or 'people').

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FCE Part 1: Multiple Choice Cloze

Choose the best word to complete the following sentences.

  1. We went home as _____ as it started raining.
    well long far soon
  2. I'm vegetarian. I'll eat that as ____ as it doesn't contain meat.
    well long far soon
  3. I predict the US will win over 30 gold medals, while the UK will only win as ____ as 5.
    well far few little
  4. As ____ as I remember, the first time I met Tom was at college.
    much well far soon


FCE part 2: Open Cloze

Choose one word to complete the following sentences.

As as 15 million people in the UK catch a cold each year. As as doctors are concerned, the best treatment for a cold is to keep warm and drink plenty of fluids. As as this, you should rest and make sure you keep eating properly. Some people claim that if you take vitamin C as as you start feeling ill, it will reduce your symptoms.

It is safe to exercise if you have a cold as as you are sensible and listen to your body. However, be careful when driving, as studies have shown that colds and flu can reduce driver concentration and reactions by as as 11%.

(Note: I'm not a doctor! Please don't take this as medical advice!)


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