"Than" is both a subordinating conjunction, as in "She is wiser than I am," and a preposition, as in "She is wiser than me." As subject of the clause introduced by the conjunction "than," the pronoun must be nominative, and as object of the preposition "than," the following pronoun must be in the objective case. Since the following verb "am" is often dropped or "understood," we regularly hear "than I" and "than me." Some commentators believe that the conjunction is currently more frequent than the preposition, but both are unquestionably Standard.<pre>
-Ken Wilson, in the Columbia Guide to Standard American English</pre>
I propose that we stop arguing and accept either usage as correct.
Words and phrasing change all the time as far as what is acceptable or not due what people actually say. "They are as strong as us" is equally as correct as "They are as strong as we" and "They are as strong as we are." I remember "unorganised" was at one time not considered a proper word and instead was "disorganised." "Unorganised" is now correct. So are slang phrases such as "Dis" short for "Disrespect." Grammar evolves. I do not mean to insult, but, in the picture, I can see that LarryMitz is an elderly gentleman, and likely did learn the one time proper usage of "They are as strong as we" and has continued to say it throughout his life.
It isn't. "Aussi" + adjective + "que" + noun is a basic French comparison.
- Aussi + adjective + que + noun/pronoun = as + adjective + as + noun/pronoun
The addition of "just" does not change the meaning significantly.
- They are as strong as us.
- They are just as strong as us.
"Aussi" as an adverb can go before or after an adjective. So you can say "elle est aussi grande" and "elle est grande aussi" with possibly a slight change in meaning: "she is also tall" vs. "she is tall also". (Putting "aussi" before sounds better.)
However, the construction using a comparison is fixed.
- est + plus + adjective + que = is more + adjective + than
- est + moins + adjective + que = is less + adjective + than
- est + aussi + adjective + que = is as + adjective + as