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    This "as a teenager" has the meaning of "When he was a teenager". Then how do you say "as the title or qualification of a teenager"? Same thing?

    73) You may be surprised to learn that one of the most remarkable early ballet dancers was Louis XIV of France....In 1653, as a teenager, he appeared in Le Ballet de la Nuit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This "as a teenager" has the meaning of "When he was a teenager". Then how do you say "as the title or qualification of a teenager"? Same thing?

    73) You may be surprised to learn that one of the most remarkable early ballet dancers was Louis XIV of France....In 1653, as a teenager, he appeared in Le Ballet de la Nuit....
    I have no idea what "as the title or qualification of a teenager" means. Teenagers don't have titles or qualifications generally. A child born into the aristocracy might have an inherited title from birth. Any child might get some kind of qualification during their teenage years. I really don't know what you're trying to say. Can you put "as the title or qualification of a teenager" into a sentence so that we can see what you're trying to do.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    99 adults participated in the marathon. The 11-year-old boy participated as a teenager.

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    Default Re: as a teenager

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    99 adults participated in the marathon. The 11-year-old boy participated as a teenager.
    You seem to have answered your own question.

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    Do you think this equation works?

    The 11-year-old boy participated "as a teenager." =? The 11-year-old boy participated "when he is a teenager."

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do you think this equation works?

    The 11-year-old boy participated "as a teenager." =? The 11-year-old boy participated "when he is a teenager."
    No. He participated in the teenager category/class.
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    Why can't you interprete this as the example I gave you in the same way? Do you see my confusion?

    ....In 1653, as a teenager, he appeared in Le Ballet de la

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Why can't you interprete this as the example I gave you in the same way? Do you see my confusion?

    ....In 1653, as a teenager, he appeared in Le Ballet de la Nuit
    This can mean only that he was a teenager. 'He appeared as a teenager in le Ballet de la Nuit' could mean that he played the part of a teenager.

    'The 11-year-old boy participated as a teenager.' This could mean that the boy who was eleven at the time we are talking about participated later, when he was a teenager.


    '99 adults participated in the marathon. The 11-year-old boy participated as a teenager.' This almost certainly means that the eleven-year-old partcipated in the teenager class/category.

    As I have said before, a combination of context, co-text and common sense usually makes apparently ambiguous meaning clear.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: as a teenager

    If the eleven-year-old competed in a class only open to teenagers then he either lied about his age or he isn't eleven.
    If the eleven-year-old competed in the teenage class with the competition's permission then I wouldn't say he competed "as a teenager".

    The original example "In 1653, as a teenager ..." means he actually was a teenager. You can't put "as a teenager" into any sentence and make it mean that the person was viewed as a teenager but wasn't one.
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