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    Everyone has given the children up as long dead.

    Should I put in " they have been" after "as" in the sentence?

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    'as' has more than one function:

    [1] Everyone has given the children up as long dead.
    => The underlined portion functions as an object complement. It complements or tells us more about the object 'children'. Like this,

    . . . the children . . . are long dead.

    [2] Everyone has given the children up as they have been long dead.
    => The underlined portion functions adverbially. It tells us why everyone has given up on the children. Like this,

    Everyone has given the children up/given up on the children because they have been long dead.

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