B2.2 – Grammar – uses of ‘as’

The following extracts (a-l) are taken from texts written for visitors to Spain.  I have removed the word as from each extract.  In which position should the word be reinserted?  Sometimes there is more than one ‘as’ to reinsert.

Answers can be found below.

Text 1 – Madrid Travel Guide, Yahoo.com: Introduction, Entertainment, History, Bars and Restaurants, Where to stay

a)  Although Madrid may not have many historical sites Paris, Rome or even Barcelona, you’ll still find plenty of intellectual stimulation at some of the best museums in Europe like the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemizsa.

b)  You follow the Gran Via all the way from Calle Alcalá to Plaza España, take note of the grand old-fashioned movie houses, some of the last of their kind, which continue hiring artists to paint original movie posters.

c)  The three most important art collections in Spain are all within walking distance of each other in what’s known Madrid’s “Golden Triangle.”

d)  The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia specializes in contemporary Spanish art, such Picasso’s Guernica and works by Miró and Dalí.

e)  For music, jazz aficionados can choose from a number of clubs in the Huertas district, including local favourite Populart.

f)  Some historians claim that Madrid stands on the site of a Roman town, Mantua Carpetana.  Although there’s no proof to support this theory, archaelogical remains do confirm that there has been continuous human settlement in this area for long any other part of Europe.

g)  The Plaza de la Cebada has lots of good tapas bars, well, such El Almendro.

h)  If you’ve got money to burn, book a room at the nearby Hotel Wellington, whose interior is beautiful its regal exterior.

Text 2 – Spain’s Great Cities:  Barcelona, Madrid and Seville – Fordors.com

i)  This itinerary takes you to three of Spain’s greatest destinations:  Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.  Each city has its own charm and attractions.  You’ll take in art museums and architecture, well superb cuisine – with plenty of time for breaks in parks or beaches.

j)  Have a Gaudí day and try to take in many of his masterpieces you can.  (Barcelona guide)

Text 3 – Lonely Planet – Spain October 2010 Itinerary

k)  Any suggestions on how many days/nights to spend in each city to see much possible without missing something important?  Thanks.

l)  You will be missing something important, but that doesn’t matter long you don’t miss what you want to see most.

Answers

Text 1 – Madrid Travel Guide, Yahoo.com: Introduction, Entertainment, History, Bars and Restaurants, Where to stay

a)  Although Madrid may not have as many historical sites as Paris, Rome or even Barcelona, you’ll still find plenty of intellectual stimulation at some of the best museums in Europe like the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemizsa.

b)  As you follow the Gran Via all the way from Calle Alcalá to Plaza España, take note of the grand old-fashioned movie houses, some of the last of their kind, which continue hiring artists to paint original movie posters.

c)  The three most important art collections in Spain are all within walking distance of each other in what’s known as Madrid’s “Golden Triangle.”

d)  The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia specializes in contemporary Spanish art, such as Picasso’s Guernica and works by Miró and Dalí.

e)  As for music, jazz aficionados can choose from a number of clubs in the Huertas district, including local favourite Populart.

f)  Some historians claim that Madrid stands on the site of a Roman town, Mantua Carpetana.  Although there’s no proof to support this theory, archaelogical remains do confirm that there has been continuous human settlement in this area for as long as any other part of Europe.

g)  The Plaza de la Cebada has lots of good tapas bars, as well, such as El Almendro.

h)  If you’ve got money to burn, book a room at the nearby Hotel Wellington, whose interior is as beautiful as its regal exterior.

Text 2 – Spain’s Great Cities:  Barcelona, Madrid and Seville – Fordors.com

i)  This itinerary takes you to three of Spain’s greatest destinations:  Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.  Each city has its own charm and attractions.  You’ll take in art museums and architecture, as well as superb cuisine – with plenty of time for breaks in parks or beaches.

j)  Have a Gaudí day and try to take in as many of his masterpieces as you can.  (Barcelona guide)

Text 3 – Lonely Planet – Spain October 2010 Itinerary

k)  Any suggestions on how many days/nights to spend in each city to see as much as possible without missing something important?  Thanks.

l)  You will be missing something important, but that doesn’t matter as long as you don’t miss what you want to see most.

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