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_They introduced themselves as police officers.
What does the word as in this sentence mean?
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"as" = "equal to" / "similar to" / "the same as" / "like"
"officer" in your example should be "officers", to agree with "themselves
 

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_They introduced themselves as police officers.
What does the word as in this sentence mean?
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It means that they explicitly said that they were police officers.
It doesn't mean "They introduced themselves as a police officer would", or " ... like/similar to how a police officer does".
 

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_They introduced themselves as police officers.
What does the word as in this sentence mean?
thanks

***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Hello, Hitinvo.

(1) I believe that "as" in your sentence means nothing.

(a) That is why some books call "as" in your sentence only an

"introductory word" or "expletive."

(2) I believe that its only role is to make a SMOOTH CONNECTION

between the words "themselves" and "police officers."

(3) Many times you do not need "as." For example, your

sentence could be rewritten as:

They called themselves police officers. (That is, they introduced

themselves TO BE police officers.)

(4) When you get time, please study the role of "as" in sentences

with OBJECTIVE COMPLEMENTS.

***** Thank you *****
 
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