Fit to Play
At the beginning of the story, Budi has no interest in training, he's only interested in playing. Why is it important to train? In this first activity, think about why it's important to train and what might happen if you don't do any training or exercise.
Grammar - 'as + adjective + as'
We can use the structure 'as + adjective + as' to compare two different things. When we want to say that two things are the same or equal in some way, we can say 'as + adjective + as' to talk about this. Look at these examples:
"This season, the Premier League is as popular as always."
"The world's biggest tomato is as big as a football."
We use 'not as + adjective + as' to talk about something that is not the same or not equal in some way. Look at this examples from the comic:
"Training is not as good as playing."
We also use 'as + adjective + as' to talk about what is possible. In the comic, Rini said:
"Coach Novi wants us to be as fit as possible."
Sometimes we can also use an adverb in this structure. Here are some other examples of using the 'as....as' structure to talk about possibilities.
"I wanted to get home, so I ran as quickly as I could."
"Can you call me as soon as possible, please?"
Now, have a look at the activity below to check your understanding. If you want to know more, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.
"I need to come off. I'm exhausted!"
"I wanted extra-time. It's a pity we won!"
Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the words or expressions are new for you.