In expressions e.g. "A change is as good as a rest."; "He was as good as his word."; how is the "as...as" part to be translated?

I've found quid sicut bonum ("Word Hippo"--not the most reliable of sources.) = "as good as".

Among the offered definitions of sicut: "just as"; "in the same way as"; "just as for instance" (Oxford) just about fit.

There does not appear to be a formula for "as...as".

Any thoughts?

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The most common choice is the pair tam…quam. For example:

Es tam altus quam Marcus.
You are as tall as Marcus.

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    Ørberg introduces this fairly early on in LLPSI. I found it to be fairly easy to grasp as an English speaker, particularly when he would use the word order of X (non) tam est quam Y.
    – Adam
    Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 18:38
  • @Adam: Interesting: we look for things and look for things...I've never seen "tamquam" written as two words before. I recall trying to translate "prius" & "quam" as two words when, of course, it was the one word, "priusquam"!
    – tony
    Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 9:43
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    @tony Usually it doesn't really matter whether you spell pairs together or separate. For example quare = qua re.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 9:49
  • @Joonas llmavirta: I was so frustrated that I recall the sentence: "neque prius fugere destiterunt quam ad flumen. = "They did not abandon to flight until they had reached the river." And "quam" = "how" or "than" did not fit in. Easy when the penny drops.
    – tony
    Commented Mar 29, 2021 at 12:40

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