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Synonyms of as in English:


  • 1 she looked up as he entered the room
    while, just as, even as, (just) when, at the time that, at the moment that
  • 2 we all felt as Frank did
    in the (same) way that, the (same) way
    informal like
  • 3 do as you're told
    what, that which
  • 4 they were free, as the case had not been proved
    because, since, seeing that/as, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that
    informal on account of
    literary for
  • 5 try as she did, she couldn't smile
    though, although, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, albeit, however
  • 6 relatively short distances, as Hartford to New Haven
    such as, like, for instance, e.g., for example
  • 7 I'm away a lot, as you know
    which, a fact which
  • preposition

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  • 1 he was dressed as a policeman
    like, in the guise of, so as to appear to be
  • 2 I'm speaking to you as your friend
    in the role of, being, acting as
  • Reflections


    A lot of American students like using as to mean since or because, because they think it makes their prose look classier ( as Dostoevsky is so firmly opposed to nihilism, it should come as no surprise that he often presents his novels' protagonists with moral dilemmas). For really knowledgeable readers, the causal as is acceptable only in British English, and even there it's OK only if the dependent as-clause comes at the start of the sentence, since if it comes in the middle the as can look temporal and cause confusion (e.g., I declined her offer as I was on my way to the bank already).
    David Foster Wallace


    as for/as to
    as for interior paint, I prefer a semigloss latex
    as it were
    the guests were chosen, as it were, by an almost random process
    so to speak, in a manner of speaking, to some extent, so to say
    informal sort of
    as yet
    there is no sign of them as yet
    so far, thus far, yet, still, up till now, up to now
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