as/in a sign of gratitude

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Mad-ox

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Which one is correct AS or IN?


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She bent her head as/ in a sign of gratitude.
 

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'As' is correct.

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I think "in" is possible.
 

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Which one is correct AS or IN?


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She bent her head as/ in a sign of gratitude.
I believe that there is a subtle difference between "as" and "is" here. If she bent her head as a sign of gratitude, she did so to show someone else her gratitude. If she bent her head in a sign of gratitude, she did so because she felt the need to show gratitude.
 

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I believe that there is a subtle difference between "as" and "is" here. If she bent her head as a sign of gratitude, she did so to show someone else her gratitude. If she bent her head in a sign of gratitude, she did so because she felt the need to show gratitude.

I agree, there is a subtle difference of meaning, but both are correct.
 

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@ Mad-ox:

If you're struggling to get your head round this subtle difference, so am I.

I'd never think of saying 'in a sign of gratitude'.

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