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Language as we know it is a means of thought.

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Language as we know it is a means of thought.

Post by paracompact » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:19 am

Language as we know it is a means of thought.
(from a grammar book for Japanese high school students)

What does as mean?

I could not find any dictionary definition that precisely fits the meaning of as.

I believe that as we know it is adjectival and modifies "Language".

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Re: Language as we know it is a means of thought.

Post by Alan » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:04 am

'As' here is a conjunction. It means literally something like 'in the way in which'.

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