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    stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    Hi. "A cobra stands up and spreads its hood to look big and scary. 1. That way other animals that want to eat the snake will know to stay away"

    Which of the following is correct and idiomatic and retains the original meaning?

    2. That way other animals that want to eat the snake will know to stay clear of.

    3. That way other animals that want to eat the snake will know to avoid.

    4. That way other animals that want to eat the snake will stand back.


    Source: National Geographic Little Kids September/October 2016

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    #2

    Re: stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    2 and 3 require an object; it works for both of them. So the other animals can stay clear of it or avoid it.

    4 is OK as is.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    2 and 3 require an object; it works for both of them. So the other animals can stay clear of it or avoid it.

    4 is OK as is.
    What does it mean by "as is". This usage is confusing to me and could you say "as it to be" instead "as is." ?

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    Re: stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    What does it mean by "as is".
    As it stands, without any changes.
    could you say "as it to be" instead "as is." ?
    No. That is meaningless.

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    Re: stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As it stands, without any changes.No. That is meaningless.

    If as is=as it stands is "as is" and idiom? If it is not an idiom would you like to give some grammatical information or rule about it?

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    Re: stay away v. stay clear of v. avoid v. stand back

    as is = as it is

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