Posted by ESC on July 30, 2007
In Reply to: Busy as a beaver? posted by Kathy on July 30, 2007
: "busy as a beaver" or "AS busy as a beaver" or both?
: I want to know if these two sentences are acceptable:
: a) She is busy as a beaver.: b) She is AS busy as a beaver.
: What is the difference between them?
: Well, actually, I'm thinking about the rule of simile. if we are to use "as", as I know, we always have to use two of them, to make a comparison.
: in consideration of this rule, I think the sentence "_______ is busy as a beaver" is incorrect. I think we need to say "__________ is AS busy as a beaver"
: or is the "as ______ as" rule not applicable to idioms?
: Is the "busy as a beaver" idiom taken as an adjective as a whole?
: I researched on the web and I found most of the examples say "___ is AS busy as a beaver" but others say simply " ____ is busy as a beaver".
Both. My opinion. On another subject, in the United States we put punctuation marks within quotations marks. "___ is busy as a beaver."