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    so is he / as is he

    "so is/was does etc " and "as is/was/does etc" both carry the meaning of " what has just been said is also true about someone or something else" , So what's the difference between the two phrases?
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    Last edited by masterding; 12-Oct-2011 at 14:20. Reason: typo

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    Re: so is he / as is he

    The meaning's essentially the same - more a question of register: 'as + <verb> + <subject>' is more formal; the 'as' version also implies an 'and':

    You want it, as do I = You want it, and so do I. The implied 'and' might be replaced by a sentence break: 'You want it. So do I.'

    It's not only more formal, but used in rhetoric: Obama might say 'They want justice, as do we all', whereas his predecessor might have said 'They want a fair crack of the whip, and - heck - so do we'.

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    Re: so is he / as is he

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Obama might say 'They want justice, as do we all', whereas his predecessor might have said 'They want a fair crack of the whip, and - heck - so do we'.
    I think he's more likely to have said, "...heck - we'll whip 'em".

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    Please, forgive me for being off-topic, but having read the last two posts, I couldn't resist sharing this picture with you. I hope ya'll don't mind it, and the respected moderators won't open up a can of whoop ass on me. (I wonder if anyone uses this phrase. )







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    Re: so is he / as is he

    I din't know the expression, but was interested to learn it.
    Urban Dictionary: a can of whoopass

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    Re: so is he / as is he

    OK, I started it with an ill-chosen example , but let's get back on topic. Any other views on the 'so/as' question?

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    Re: so is he / as is he

    It seems that you guys are making fun of Mr. George W. Bush , however I don't quite understand the humor, maybe I should start a new thread about that whipass thing.

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