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    As did not...

    As most people rather enjoy the spectacle of a man making a fool of himself the town hall was absolutely jammed on Friday night, half an hour before the usual time for the appearance on the platform of such strolling entertainers as did not know of the impecuniosity of the natives.

    What does as function in this sentence?

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    Re: As did not...

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    As most people rather enjoy the spectacle of a man making a fool of himself the town hall was absolutely jammed on Friday night, half an hour before the usual time for the appearance on the platform of such strolling entertainers as did not know of the impecuniosity of the natives.
    What does as function in this sentence?
    Hi Volcano,
    Please excuse me for tagging on similiar questions about this irritating "as" in English:

    (1)The building as we know it is quite different from how it looked when it was first built.
    (2)She has married again, as was expected.
    (3)The next meeting will be very important, as was the one last month.
    (4)In his story of their verbal tussle, Crowley describes himself as overwhelmed by the noise in
    Gates’s kitchen, as the black professor loudly accused the white cop of racial profiling.

    What is the function of "as" in the above sentences? conjunction introducing adverbial clause? relative pronoun introducing relative clause?

    Thank you and my apology again to volcano for this "intrusion".
    Last edited by ptetpe; 28-Jul-2009 at 05:08.

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    #3

    Re: As did not...

    Anyone?

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    Re: As did not...

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    As most people rather enjoy the spectacle of a man making a fool of himself the town hall was absolutely jammed on Friday night, half an hour before the usual time for the appearance on the platform of such strolling entertainers as did not know of the impecuniosity of the natives.

    What does as function in this sentence?
    In this sentence you can replace 'as' with 'who'.

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    Re: As did not...

    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    Hi Volcano,
    Please excuse me for tagging on similiar questions about this irritating "as" in English:

    (1)The building as we know it is quite different from how it looked when it was first built. How we know it to be now.
    (2)She has married again, as was expected. Like we expected.
    (3)The next meeting will be very important, as was the one last month. Like the one last month (was).
    (4)In his story of their verbal tussle, Crowley describes himself as overwhelmed by the noise in To be overwhelmed.
    Gatesís kitchen, as the black professor loudly accused the white cop of racial profiling.

    What is the function of "as" in the above sentences? conjunction introducing adverbial clause? relative pronoun introducing relative clause?

    Thank you and my apology again to volcano for this "intrusion".
    It has a different meaning in each case.

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    Re: As did not...

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    As most people rather enjoy the spectacle of a man making a fool of himself the town hall was absolutely jammed on Friday night, half an hour before the usual time for the appearance on the platform of such strolling entertainers as did not know of the impecuniosity of the natives.

    What does as function in this sentence?
    It could be translated as "who" as bhai says.
    I see the term "such ... as" more as "the type of whom" - that is, it is not referring only to the actual strolling entertainers, but to their type. 'As', as usual, has a comparative function.

    ... such strolling entertainers the type of whom didn't know ...
    ... strolling entertainers such as didn't know ...

    He is such a man as doesn't know what is good for him =
    He is the type of man who doesn't know what is good for him
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    He is a man the type of whom doesn't know what is good for him.

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