Is the use of as in the following acceptable now :"As remarkable as the revelation is , more remarlable is the story that accompanies it."( cf. The "Perfect Aryan"Child ,The washington Post, July 4, 2014) ? As far as I know, most people would prefer to say :Remarkable as/though the revelation is....What do you think?

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Is the use of as in the following acceptable now :"As remarkable as the revelation is , more remarlable is the story that accompanies it."( cf. The "Perfect Aryan"Child ,The washington Post, July 4, 2014) ? As far as I know, most people would prefer to say :Remarkable as/though the revelation is....What do you think?

Hello, Pal, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange!

I'm curious about your use of "now" in the question of whether the construction is acceptable now. Have you read something that condemns the construction or that claims it is (or was, in some period of history) substandard and not simply a variant of the construction you personally prefer?

Hi,David ,

Thank you for your reply ,and sorry for not making myself clear, but what I really want to ask is whether the stucture " As +adj/adv+as +clause " is" normally used in American English" just as a British scholar claims (cf. Michael Swan,Practical EnglishUsage, OUP,1995.71-72). 

Pal posted:

what I really want to ask is whether the stucture " As +adj/adv+as +clause " is" normally used in American English" just as a British scholar claims (cf. Michael Swan,Practical EnglishUsage, OUP,1995.71-72). 

Hi, Pal: Yes, introductory phrases like "as remarkable as the revelation is" are normally used in American English (which is not to say that they are not normally used in British English, too), as are introductory phrases like "remarkable as/though the revelation is" (which, again, is not to say that they are not normally used in British English, too). Is Swan of the opinion that one of them is superior?

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