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    #1

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    Hi,

    Is the red "as" necessary in this short paragraph?

    While gold is typically used as a hedge against inflation—it is considered a fixed asset that tends to retain value as other assets fall—its recent appeal has been as a protection against much worse scenarios, such as the debt problems in Europe, fears of a double-dip recession in the U.S. and possible widespread financial crisis.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: as

    Yes, it is necessary. Without it, the statement reads as if the mere appeal was the protection, not the (value of) the gold.

    ...its recent appeal has been (that it acts) as a protection...

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