Comparisons of Equality in Spanish

Comparisons of equality are used when items being compared have equal characteristics.

Comparisons of Equality using Adjectives or Adverbs

When forming comparisons of equality using adjectives or adverbs, the following formula is used:

    tan + adjective/adverb + como

Consider the following examples:

She is as good as her mother.
Ella es tan buena como su madre.
(tan + adjective + como)
His car is as fast as yours.
Su coche es tan rápido como el tuyo.
(tan + adverb + como)

Comparisons of Equality using Nouns

When forming comparisons of equality using nouns, the following formula is used:

    tanto(-a, -os, -as) + noun + como

Consider the following examples:

She has as much food as I do.
Ella tiene tanta comida como yo.
(tanta + noun + como)
He has as much money as dad.
Él tiene tanto dinero como papá.
(tanta + noun + como)
I have as many books as her.
Tengo tantos libros como ella.
(tantos + noun + como)
They want as many apples as us.
Quieren tantas manzanas como nosotros.
(tantas + noun + como)