leo asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

How “as” is used?

Hi I’m non-native English speaker (Japanese) and struggling the usage of “as”.

Here’s an example by Jeff Bezos.

As a civilization, we will have so many gifts, just as you as individuals have so many individual gifts as you sit before me.

How can I understand what he said?

2 Answers

  • Ben
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's used in three different ways in that sentence, so I shall break them down.

    -"just as" should be taken as a single phrase, and it means "in the same way".

    -The "as" in "as you sit before me" has the meaning of "while" or "at the time that"

    -Then we have the "as" in "As a civilization" and "as individuals". This one means "in the capacity of" or "in the role of". 

    You being Japanese actually makes things much simpler for me.

    This usage of "as" is the same as the Japanese として. So "As a civilization" is 文明として, and "as individuals" is 一人の人間として

  • Jake
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    collectively, part of a whole, in general

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