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Can something be 'as unique' as something else?
I just an advert that claimed it's product was 'as unique' as the people who will allegedly want it. Is that possible, grammatically?
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duffield1 answers:

Yes. The Mona Lisa is as unique as Sunflowers, in that they are both one-offs.

Indeed, if I had two vases exactly the same, they would both be as unique as each other. Neither one is unique! It means absolutely nothing, as something is either unique or it is not - in the case of my vase, it would not matter if there were another two million vases identical in a workshop in China, the two that I have are still equally unique!


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P-Kasso answers:

Unique is an absolute - and something unique in its area can be as unique as something in another different area...but not 'as unique' as something in its own area as there can be only one 'unique' in each category.


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Messerwisser answers:

We are all unique.
That is what we have in common.


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Russel.West answers:

yes - since individuals are unique - but one could argue that as a group who wish to or do indeed purchase a unique item end up joining a unique group which then makes them the same and therefore no longer unique!


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