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Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 3:36:36 AM

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as·sail

1. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.

AHD, assail

[QUESTION 1] What is the part of speech of as?

[QUESTION 2] What does as mean?


My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 12:41:01 PM

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Reiko07 wrote:
as·sail

1. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.

AHD, assail

[QUESTION 1] What is the part of speech of as?

[QUESTION 2] What does as mean?


From TFD:

as 1 (ăz; əz when unstressed)
adv.
1. To the same extent or degree; equally: The child sang as sweetly as a nightingale.
2. For instance: large mammals, as the bear or lion. [My emphasis]

You might think of it as saying: For example


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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 12:45:22 PM

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Here as is a conjunction, it is being used to add addition information to the explaination of what assail means.

Another way of phrasing it would be "for example".

1. To attack violently, for example with blows or military force; assault.


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Romany
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:00:26 PM
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The way I used to look at it was to read "as" as a short-form for "as if": - To attack violently, as if with blows or military force; assault.

Just putting it out there...


Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 3:37:23 PM

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FounDit wrote:
You might think of it as saying: For example

Yes, I think as means "for example".

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My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 3:43:21 PM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Here as is a conjunction,

Thanks, Sarrriesfan. Dancing

To me, as seems to be an adverb.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 3:46:15 PM

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Romany wrote:
Just putting it out there...

I've never heard/seen that phrase. Is it a slang expression?

Thanks for the reply, Romany. Dancing

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 6:23:40 PM

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Reiko07 wrote:
Romany wrote:
Just putting it out there...

I've never heard/seen that phrase. Is it a slang expression?

Thanks for the reply, Romany. Dancing


It's a colloquial expression that means: "I'm just offering this for you to consider."


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Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 6:59:19 PM

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Thank you very much, FounDit. Dancing

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
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