conjunction

  • 1Used to indicate that something happens during the time when something else is taking place.

    ‘Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd’
    ‘as she grew older, she kept more to herself’
    • ‘She watched him as he approached her.’
    • ‘I grabbed the keys to the store as I left.’
    • ‘Last night, as we drove back from the grocery store, the sky was a deep blue with pink-tinted edges.’
    • ‘I was raised as a Catholic in Poland but as I grew older I started to question things.’
    • ‘The ice continued to melt, but as it did so, I continued to slip deeper into the unknown.’
    • ‘They were showered in debris as the house collapsed and Amanda was separated from her party.’
    while, just as, even as, at the time that, at the same time that, at the moment that, during the time that, just when
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  • 2Used to indicate by comparison the way that something happens or is done.

    ‘they can do as they wish’
    ‘she kissed him goodbye, as usual’
    • ‘Thank you Mrs Peck, as usual you have been very helpful.’
    • ‘You may add more sugar to the recipe as you wish, but don't over-sweeten it.’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation, as do all the actors.’
    • ‘The bout was, as was the case back then, a slow-paced fight compared to the fights of today.’
    • ‘Since the mother is ill, she may not be able to care for her baby as she would if she were well.’
    • ‘She was the same as always, but her hair looked brighter and her eyes sparkled more.’
    in the way that, in the same way that, the way, the same way, in the manner that, in the same manner that
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    1. 2.1 Used to add or interject a comment relating to the statement of a fact.
      ‘as you can see, I didn't go after all’
      • ‘They commented on our house, as we all knew they would.’
      • ‘I'm used to all kinds of hard work, as you know, and I'm not afraid.’
      • ‘The lady is not, as he said in his letter, ten years younger than he, but a little older.’
      • ‘I've got a business to run, as you can see.’
      • ‘However, as I mentioned earlier, most people are totally unaware of the East Village Arts District.’
      • ‘Lee was a night-time security guard as I recall, not a cop.’
      which, a fact which, something which
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  • 3Because; since.

    ‘I must stop now as I have to go out’
    • ‘Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.’
    • ‘This is a hard letter to write, as I have to admit I was wrong, and I hate that.’
    • ‘I miss him terribly as he was also a very good friend before any sort of romantic relationship developed.’
    • ‘I look forward to more of their efforts, as they seem to be a young company with an interesting slate of artistic foreign films.’
    • ‘There are concerns for her as she was ill before she vanished.’
    • ‘Children's charities would like more help distributed through child benefit, as it is paid to all children through their mother.’
    because, since, seeing that, seeing as, considering that, on account of the fact that, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that
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  • 4Even though.

    ‘sweet as he is, he doesn't pay his bills’
    ‘try as he might, he failed to pull it off’
    • ‘Unless you are of a particularly curious bent, you would not even wish to sit down and eat with these people - dazzlingly clever as they undoubtedly are.’
    • ‘I still can't push that memory out of my mind, hard as I might try.’
    • ‘Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.’
    • ‘But, good as he is, he was not the only reason to enjoy the film.’
    • ‘Caroline, tired as she was, obediently followed.’
    • ‘Medicine Lodge, Kansas, small as it was, contained seven saloons for the comfort of local drinkers.’
    although, though, even if, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, while, whilst, albeit, however
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Usage

For a discussion of whether it is correct to say he's not as shy as I rather than he's not as shy as me or I live in the same street as she rather than I live in the same street as hersee personal pronoun