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    regard/see A (as) B

    1. If we follow Einstein’s advice and regard problems (as) opportunities, we can accomplish anything we want.
    2. If we follow Einstein’s advice and see problems (as) opportunities, we can accomplish anything we want.
    3. I regard you (as) my best friend.
    4. I see you (as) my best friend.

    Are all the "as" in the sentences above optional? Because my American friend told me that the "as" are needed and cannot be omitted in the structure of ”see/view/regard/look upon/think of/refer to A as B”. However, one of my British friends said that some verbs like "regard" and "consider" have an optional "as". Who is correct? Thanks!

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    Re: regard/see A (as) B

    Your American friend is right. Your British friend is right that consider something doesn't need as when followed by an adjective or a noun.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 07-May-2016 at 14:50.

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    Re: regard/see A (as) B

    The ases are needed in all those. (At least, they are here in the US.)

    As would be wrong in "I consider you my friend," "I call you my friend," or (less commonly) "I deem you my friend."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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