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    As + Present Participle/Gerund?

    For my grammar assignment I have to analyze 3 grammatical issues from a random contemporary article. Unfortunately, I have encountered a problem - how could I explain the two following examples (in red)? I searched the internet but could not find anything that would be very useful. Perhaps someone has some idea or could direct me to a grammar book, where I could find an explanation? Thank you :)

    Associated Press also reported the opposition as declaring it had formed its own government.

    "Neither Russia, nor your humble servant, nor Russian officials have any links whatsoever to these events," the RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

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    Re: As + Present Participle/Gerund?

    Can you see the red parts? I must be color blind. Ok, now I see them.

    Associated Press also reported the opposition as declaring it had formed its own government
    These questions will get you closer:

    Do you understand this sentence?
    Do you know what 'as' do there?

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    Re: As + Present Participle/Gerund?

    Ok, I will help more.

    Associated Press also reported the opposition as declaring it had formed its own government

    =

    The opposition formed its own government, Associated press reported.

    as = preposition, used to describe the quality of someone or something

    Definition of as preposition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    preposition followed by -ing: What is it? Gerund.

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    Re: As + Present Participle/Gerund?

    One further small point to aid comprehension (of the example rather than the principle). 'Your humble servant' means 'I/me' (depending on how it fits in its sentence).

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    Re: As + Present Participle/Gerund?

    Thank you :) I found some articles on the internet which said preposition + ing = gerund, but 'as' was never listed among those prepositiosn, which is why I was not sure :)

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