Risky Business: The As Clause Revisited

“A complex sentence has an internal dynamic: the clauses have a distinct relationship to each other and allow us to emphasize the relationship of ideas.” (Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax, Three Rivers Press, 1999, 2013) For the week of March 18-24, 2015, fifteen of the first 34 submissions to the online critique group, Critique Circle, …

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Smart “as” Clauses — Dumb “as” Clauses

Using "as" clauses “As” clauses, with "as" used in a sense similar to “while,” are close kin to “ing” phrases. Both are modifiers, both signify simultaneity, both are overused by neophyte writers and both should be employed with care. The adverb “as” connotes “to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally” and “at the …

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