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    beginning, as

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    from beginning to end. Since I can say 'from the beginning' can I say 'from the beginning to the end'?

    No.2
    The curtain opened. Carlos as the jockey and I, the model.
    The context is the two people were actor and actress. The second sentence here is an elliptical sentence. My question is:

    If I write a complete sentence how should I deal with the word 'as'? I consulted my dictionary the collocations are: a. to act the part of sb. (Hamlet), 2. to play the role/part of Hamlet. 3.to play Hamlet. There isn't such expression as 'to act as Hamlet' or 'to play as Hamlet. Could you please tell me the use of 'as' here?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: beginning, as

    1. yes
    2. The context is that of a theatrical production. When an actor takes a part in such, it is "as Hamlet" etc For example,"It is a Royal Shakespeare Production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet." We could also say (but this islonger and in speech, we tend to use the briefer version I've just mentioned): " ...taking the role of Hamlet/in the role of Hamlet."
    I guess "as" serves the purpose as in, "In a play, people act as if they really are the character."
    Also,
    "Whilst the parents were so ill, he acted as the children's temporary guardian."

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    Re: beginning, as


    Dear David L.,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    1. yes
    2. The context is that of a theatrical production. When an actor takes a part in such, it is "as Hamlet" etc For example,"It is a Royal Shakespeare Production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet." We could also say (but this islonger and in speech, we tend to use the briefer version I've just mentioned): " ...taking the role of Hamlet/in the role of Hamlet."
    I guess "as" serves the purpose as in, "In a play, people act as if they really are the character."
    Also,
    "Whilst the parents were so ill, he acted as the children's temporary guardian."

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