If you make a statement like this, it is up to you to explain why you think as smart as him is incorrect and, in particular, why as cannot be regarded as a preposition, as pointed out below.No, neither is correct. The first one would be correct if you included the word in parentheses: I am not as smart as he is.
". . . as smart as him" is incorrect. Would you say "him is smart"? I wouldn't.
I do so in this construction because I believe that what follows has to be a clause, not an object pronoun. (I do agree that leaving off the verb, "is" in this instance, is pedantic and sounds silly.) To me, "I am not as smart as him" is just wrong.Perhaps you could tell us why you rule out as as a preposition?
Thank you for your explanation e2efour.If you make a statement like this, it is up to you to explain why you think as smart as him is incorrect and, in particular, why as cannot be regarded as a preposition, as pointed out below.
The AHD (American Heritage Dictionary), commenting on the sentence She is just as proud as me, says that as can be regarded as a conjunction (i.e. She is just as proud as I am) and goes on as follows:
"Another way to view this situation is to say that the second as functions as a conjunction, not as a preposition ... Whatever the merits of this logic, the as me construction is very common in speech and appears regularly in the writing of highly respected writers. Moreover, it can be argued that the second as is really a preposition in these constructions and so requires the objective case. There is the further objection that as I constructions are overly formal, and even pretentious."
The AHD is not alone in its view. Perhaps you could tell us why you rule out as as a preposition?
Thanks hasim, the second is fine for everyday use. I could use either version, both sound about the same to me.I prefer the second (b). It sound more elegant to me.