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    as (because/while)

    I stumbled across a sentence containing "as" and having a problem with distinguishing whether it means "because" or "while" in the context. here it is :

    "The critically endangered Sumatran orangutan has seen 50% decline in its population over the last 8 years as farmers clear more and more forest for agriculture"

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    Re: as (because/while)

    In that sentence it could mean either. Where did you find it?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: as (because/while)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In that sentence it could mean either. Where did you find it?
    from ielts reading. How is that possible either meaning? could you please be more explanatory?

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    Re: as (because/while)

    It's possible because either word makes sense in that sentence.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: as (because/while)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's possible because either word makes sense in that sentence.
    ok. let me change the question. What grammatical clues tell you that here both are appropriate? cause im pretty close to "because".

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