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    As one older worker said

    Does this "As" mean something like "when" or "like the way"? If it makes sense, it should be followed by another clause, but there's nothing. Is it a normal expression? If so, what does it mean?
    It may not make sense as it might have been written by a non-native speaker, a Korean, I guess.

    ex)The Seoul subway system is very useful to local citizens, especially those over the age of 65, who ride it for free. Some people have turned this feature into a business by hiring seniors over the age of 65.They have the seniors deliver items by subway.This employment gave them the chance to earn money and feel valued....There he found many seniors passing the time aimlessly. As one older worker said, "The truth is that this job keeps me satisfied with my life."

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    Re: As one older worker said

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    You could substitute 'as' with 'like' here, if it makes the statement more understandable.
    This article's writer apparently felt that this old worker's statement summed things up perfectly.

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    Re: As one older worker said

    Thanks a lot! So do you think this is common and it was written by a native speaker?

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    Re: As one older worker said

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "As" mean something like "when" or "like the way"?
    Not really. 'As' here functions as a sentential pronoun (not a conjunction), and is therefore semantically closer to 'which' than to either 'when' or 'in the way that'.

    It is a very normal form of expression.

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    Re: As one older worker said

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    On the whole, the article seems competently executed. The past tense in the fourth sentence is a little peculiar. I think the writer meant to use present tense. (I'm assuming these unnamed business ventures are still hiring senior citizens.)

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    Re: As one older worker said

    What's sentential pronoun? I guess "as" means which(for the whole previous paragraph)

    As one older worker said, "The truth is that this job keeps me satisfied with my life."
    = For Which(the whole paragraph), one older worker expressed his opinion,...."

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    Re: As one older worker said

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What's sentential pronoun? I guess "as" means which(for the whole previous paragraph)

    As one older worker said, "The truth is that this job keeps me satisfied with my life."
    = For Which(the whole paragraph), one older worker expressed his opinion,...."
    Essentially your guess is correct! A sentential relative pronoun is one whose antecedent is a clause or sentence rather than a simple noun phrase. English sentential relatives are 'as' (which may be preposed) and 'which' (which may not).

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