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    'as' - grammatical role?

    Deputy Assistant Police Commander Brian Paddock told a news conference a review of data reveals the bombs on three subway trains exploded within seconds of each other, rather than over the course of 26 minutes, as originally believed.

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    Is 'as' here a preposition, conjunction, pronoun, or adverb? It seems hard to decide.
    Is it possible to substitute 'a fact' for 'as' without altering the original meaning much?

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'as' - grammatical role?

    Quote Originally Posted by peteryoung
    Deputy Assistant Police Commander Brian Paddock told a news conference a review of data reveals the bombs on three subway trains exploded within seconds of each other, rather than over the course of 26 minutes, as originally believed.

    ---------
    Is 'as' here a preposition, conjunction, pronoun, or adverb? It seems hard to decide.
    Is it possible to substitute 'a fact' for 'as' without altering the original meaning much?

    Thanks!
    As functions as a conjunction and it does indeed bring in additional facts to the previous statement. There is a group of expressions that do that in case where facts are known to the reader as well as the speaker.

    These are:
    as believed
    as discussed
    as agreed upon
    as suggested

    There is no subject it after as and the verb is used in a passive form.

    more examples:

    I am sending you a check for $200 as previously discussed.
    The meeting will take place at 2pm, as agreed.


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    Re: 'as' - grammatical role?

    Conjunction IMO- you could expand the phrase into 'as they originally believed', which makes it clearer.

    'A fact' doesn't work very well because it wasn't a fact- they were wrong. However, grammatically, it's OK.

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    Re: 'as' - grammatical role?

    It's so nice of you. Thank you both A^_^

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