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    Can "as" be used as a relative pronoun ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N S Subrahmanyam View Post
    Can "as" be used as a relative pronoun ?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***One of my favorite books says YES: after the words "such" and "same." (1) I don't have such patience (as you have). (2) He has the same smile (as his brother has). (3) Such (as are able to pay) should pay their taxes. Also, sometimes some books consider "as" a relative pronoun ina sentence such as: He was a liar, as I soon learned. The idea is that "as" = a fact which. It refers to the whole sentence before "as." Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N S Subrahmanyam View Post
    Can "as" be used as a relative pronoun ?
    The relative pronouns in the English language are:

    • who
    • that
    • which

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***One of my favorite books says YES: after the words "such" and "same." (1) I don't have such patience (as you have). (2) He has the same smile (as his brother has). (3) Such (as are able to pay) should pay their taxes. Also, sometimes some books consider "as" a relative pronoun ina sentence such as: He was a liar, as I soon learned. The idea is that "as" = a fact which. It refers to the whole sentence before "as." Thank you.
    Which book would this be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Which book would this be?
    R. W. Pence (Depaw University) and D.W. Emery (University of Washington), A GRAMMAR OF PRESENT-DAY ENGLISH (New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1947), pp. 226 - 227.

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    –pronoun
    13. (used relatively) that; who; which (usually prec. by such or the same): I have the same trouble as you had.
    As | Definition of As at Dictionary.com:

    Can "as" be used as a relative pronoun ?
    No.

    Can "as" be used like a relative pronoun ?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N S Subrahmanyam View Post
    Can "as" be used as a relative pronoun ?
    Yes, it most certainly can, although, as others' answers have indicated, it is restricted in scope: it is most often encountered as a sentential relative pronoun (i.e. one referring to an entire clause/sentence), e.g.

    As I later discovered, he was not my real father.


    Note that, unlike 'which', which can also serve sententially, 'as' can be either anaphoric (i.e. following its referent) or cataphoric (preceding, as here), while 'which' is only ever anaphoric.

    'As' can also function as a general (non-sentential) relative but normally only where its antecedent is a phrase either consisting of, or introduced by, 'such' or 'the same', e.g.

    I have the same problem as you (have).
    Such events as these (are) are difficult to predict.

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    'as' is not a relative pronoun in the English language. "End of debate."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    'as' is not a relative pronoun in the English language. "End of debate."
    I will take that remark in the jocular spirit in which I trust it is intended!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    I will take that remark in the jocular spirit in which I trust it is intended!
    Relative pronoun | Definition of Relative pronoun at Dictionary.com:

    Jocular spirit? I never joke.

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