A common sentence (e.g. on an answering machine) is:

Ich rufe Sie sobald wie/als möglich zurück

What's the correct use here? wie sounds correct to me, but I've heard als pretty often too.


According to Duden – Richtiges und gutes Deutsch, both „wie“ and „als“ may be used after „so bald“. Both are correct; however, „so bald wie“ is used more frequently.

Schreibe so bald wie möglich

Schreibe so bald als möglich (less frequently)

Duden recommends using „so bald wie möglich“.

In my opinion, „so bald als möglich“ sounds terrible and wrong.

  • Though both are possible you'd usually say so bald wie. so ... wie indicates an equality. als would rather be used in a comparison that doesn't express equality (for example er ist größer als or ruf nicht später an als nötig). – Thorsten Dittmar Nov 11 '14 at 13:35

Both versions are correct. Using "wie" is more common, but "als" is possible, too.

References: Duden and canoo.net

The canoo page points out that the version with "wie" matches the general rule to use "wie" in comparisons that express equality.

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