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    Default as he is vs that he is

    Hello, everyone.

    While I have been preparing a test, I came across the following question



    Like the good soldier _______________, John McCain has done almost everything the Bush campaign has asked.
    (a) that he is
    (b) as he is
    (c) who he is
    (d) as he


    They said the answer is (a). But, I can not figure out why (b) is unnatural by myself. If you incert (b) into the blank, what unnatural meaning happens?



    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by youngbut; 14-Nov-2012 at 04:19.

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    Default Re: as he is vs that he is

    It's simply that we don't use "as" that way.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thank you for your answer. 'as' is always difficult to me.^^

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    Default Re: as he is vs that he is

    Quote Originally Posted by youngbut View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    While I have been preparing a test, I came across the following question



    Like the good soldier _______________, John McCain has done almost everything the Bush campaign has asked.
    (a) that he is
    (b) as he is
    (c) who he is
    (d) as he


    They said the answer is (a). But, I can not figure out why (b) is unnatural by myself. If you incert (b) into the blank, what unnatural meaning happens?



    Many thanks in advance.
    The following is correct: "Good soldier as he is, John McCain has done almost everything the Bush campaign has asked.:
    That's probably why they included it.

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    Default Re: as he is vs that he is

    I see. Thank you very much. Raymott^^

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    Default Re: as he is vs that he is

    You'll also see 'Like the good soldier he is. . .'

    Rover

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    Thank you, Rover.

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