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    small as it was

    Because, therefore, many folk involved in Mission England caught the vision for prayer triplets, the scheme quickly built up its own momentum. So quickly in fact that the administrative back up, small as it was, found it impossible to keep tabs on what was going on. (Brian Mills, Three Times Three Equals Twelve, page 24)

    What does small as it was mean in the above passage?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: small as it was

    It's a stylistic variant that means some thing like "which was small".

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    #3

    Re: small as it was

    Yes, or "because it was small."
    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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    #4

    Re: small as it was

    I don't know whether Charlie's post #3 was a response to the original question or to sitifan's now deleted second post, but 'because it was small' does not mean the same as 'small as it was'.

    (Later) I did not read the original carefully enough. Please ignore this misleading post. The only reason I am not deleting it is because it is referred to in later posts.
    Last edited by Piscean; 23-May-2016 at 12:21. Reason: mistake pointed out

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    #5

    Re: small as it was

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Sitifan:

    I thought that this information might interest you.

    1. "Sick as he is, he will want to go with you."

    One of my favorite books tells me that it is an ellipsis [some words have been deleted] for:

    "Though he be as sick as he is, he will want to go with you."



    Source: House and Harman, Descriptive English Grammar (Copyright 1931 and 1950), page 415.

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    Re: small as it was

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yes, or "because it was small."
    After I had posted my second question, I found the answer by myself, so I deleted my second question.
    I didn't know you were replying it. Thank you very much for your reply to my second question.
    The following sentence is quoted from a grammar book by a Chinese teacher of English.
    Tired as they were(=Because they were tired), they went to bed as soon as they came back.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: small as it was

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I dfom't know whether Charlie's post #3 was a response to the original question or to sitifan's now deleted second post, but 'because it was small' does not mean the same as 'small as it was'.
    According to a grammar book by a Chinese teacher of English, "small as it was" can mean either "though it was small" or "because it was small."
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: small as it was

    It can. Context tells us which is the appropriate meaning.

    I have now amended my earlier post, which was misleading. Sorry.

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