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    Default what's the difference about 'as when' and 'when'

    what's the difference about 'as when' and 'when'

    This sentence:
    Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial, as when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statesmen from a political candicate.

    can i replace the 'as when' in the sentence up with 'when'. and the meaning is not changed.

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    Default Re: what's the difference about 'as when' and 'when'

    No. "As" introduces the phrase as just one example to support "television can be superficial." The speaker could have listed more: "...can be superficial, as when the three...from a political candidate, or when vapid anchorpersons dutifully repeat the same political propaganda in place of thoughtful commentary."

    If you take out the "as," we have "television can be superficial when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statement..." This sentence says that WHEN the networks perform this particular action, THEN they are superficial. According to this sentence, the only time television is superficial is when this happens.

    Am I making sense? Here's another example:

    Jim can be annoying, as when he tells the story about the fishing camp that everyone has already heard a hundred times. [This is only one of the ways in which Jim drives his friends crazy.]

    Jim can be annoying when he tells the story about the fishing camp that everyone has already heard a hundred times. [Jim is a good guy, but we wish he would stop telling that story.]

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    Default Re: what's the difference about 'as when' and 'when'

    Welcome, forever1972.

    In addition to Delmobile's help, that as introduces an example, there's also ellipsis to consider:
    Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial, [such] as, [for example], when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statesmen from a political candicate.

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