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    Cool as/in a sign of gratitude

    Which one is correct AS or IN?


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    She bent her head as/ in a sign of gratitude.

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    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    'As' is correct.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    I think "in" is possible.

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    #4

    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    I could go either way.

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    #5

    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Which one is correct AS or IN?


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    She bent her head as/ in a sign of gratitude.
    I believe that there is a subtle difference between "as" and "is" here. If she bent her head as a sign of gratitude, she did so to show someone else her gratitude. If she bent her head in a sign of gratitude, she did so because she felt the need to show gratitude.

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    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I believe that there is a subtle difference between "as" and "is" here. If she bent her head as a sign of gratitude, she did so to show someone else her gratitude. If she bent her head in a sign of gratitude, she did so because she felt the need to show gratitude.
    I agree, there is a subtle difference of meaning, but both are correct.

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    #7

    Re: as/in a sign of gratitude

    @ Mad-ox:

    If you're struggling to get your head round this subtle difference, so am I.

    I'd never think of saying 'in a sign of gratitude'.

    Rover

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