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    #1

    as more and more farmers give

    Does this "as" mean "because" or "while in terms of incremental change"? It looks dubious. Maybe either is okay.

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    ex)...A new medicine has been developed that neutralizes the methane gas inside a cow's stomach before it can escape into the atmosphere. According to some experts, as more and more farmers give this medicine to their cows, the effect will be as great as removing a million cars from our roads. It may not completely solve the earth's environmental problems, but reducing gas from cows could be an important first step toward controlling global warming.

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    Re: as more and more farmers give

    While, I would say. This isn't saying that this action is happening in the majority of cases now, as I would deduct from the first sentence. I would have used the word "could" instead of "will" when they are describing the effect because "will" is not conditional. It sounds like they are claiming to know the future.

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    Re: as more and more farmers give

    I think it's happening in the present, so the writer is sure of the effect. I wonder how to interpret "as" in this context.

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    Re: as more and more farmers give

    It's time not cause for me.

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    Re: as more and more farmers give

    I would read it as a long-term expectation of take-up of the use of this medication on the part of the farmers. "During the period of time now and in the future that more and more farmers give this medication to their cows ..."

    It may be happening already but only a few farmers are using it. The expectation seems to be that more farmers will begin to use the medication, leading to an eventual of an effect equal to removing a million cars from the road.

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