# He is tall, as is his father.

#### stephenlearner

##### Senior Member
Hi,

What does this sentence mean: "He is tall, as is his father."?
I have three options. Which one is closest to the true meaning?
A: He is tall, just like his father.
B: He is tall. So is his father.
C: He is as tall as his father.

Thanks a lot.

• #### Barque

##### Senior Member
Both options A and B reflect the intended meaning, with B possibly being a better fit.

C doesn't work as we don't know if they're the same height, only that they're both tall, meaning taller than average.

#### natkretep

##### Moderato con anima (English Only)
I don't see a difference between A and B. Is this from a test or exercise?

#### stephenlearner

##### Senior Member
What is the focus of the sentence "He is tall, as is his father"? Is the sentence primarily about him or his father? The sentence is from a dictionary.

#### natkretep

##### Moderato con anima (English Only)
The focus is on the main clause 'He is tall', and the subordinate clause gives additional information, with perhaps the implication that he gets his height from his father.

#### stephenlearner

##### Senior Member
I don't see a difference between A and B.
But I see a difference between A and B. Sentence A focuses on "He is tall", while B gives equal weight to "he" and "his father".

#### sdgraham

##### Senior Member
But I see a difference between A and B. Sentence A focuses on "He is tall", while B gives equal weight to "he" and "his father".
I cannot imagine any native speaker nitpicking over a perceived difference.
Sorry.

#### Barque

##### Senior Member
Sentence A focuses on "He is tall", while B gives equal weight to "he" and "his father".
You could be right. However for the purpose of your original question, which was "Which one (of these three options) is closest to the true meaning?", there isn't much difference.

#### stephenlearner

##### Senior Member
If there is a difference between A and B, then I can ask: Is A closer to the true meaning or is B closer to the true meaning? Actually, I don't know exactly what the sentence "He is tall, as is his father" means.

#### Barque

##### Senior Member
If there is a difference between A and B, then I can ask: Is A closer to the true meaning or is B closer to the true meaning?
As I mentioned in #2, B is possibly a better fit.
Actually, I don't know exactly what the sentence "He is tall, as is his father" means.
It means: He's tall, just like his father also is tall. That's why I said B's better. Option A means: He's tall, and is similar to his father in this respect.

#### dojibear

##### Senior Member
Actually, I don't know exactly what the sentence "He is tall, as is his father" means.
Exactly:

1. He is tall
2. His father is tall

That is the exact meaning of the sentence. The "as" clause replaces the subject of "is tall" with the subject "father". Compare this sentence:

I am tall, as is Donald Trump.

This is the same syntax. It says we are both tall.

#### Forero

##### Senior Member
Hi,

What does this sentence mean: "He is tall, as is his father."?
I have three options. Which one is closest to the true meaning?
A: He is tall, just like his father.
B: He is tall. So is his father.
C: He is as tall as his father.

Thanks a lot.
I would choose A since the part about his father is meant to be parenthetical.

#### stephenlearner

##### Senior Member
If I want to say, "He is tall, like his father", I can say "He is tall, like his father". If I want to say "He is tall; his father is tall too" I can say "He is tall; his father is tall too" or "He is tall; so is his father".

But in what context should I say "He is tall, as is his father"?

#### Barque

##### Senior Member
"He is tall, as is his father"?
This means, as I said in #10, that he's tall and his quality of being tall is like his father's quality of being tall. It suggests he takes after his father in being tall.
It means: He's tall, just like his father also is tall.

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