Hi Anna. The ‘as’ means that the statement is part of a larger discussion that involves other things, ideas, etc. of the same kind. If there is no such context, ‘as’ makes no sense at all.
If it is not too time-consuming for you, could you, please, post a link or a short example of this type of context? I would be grateful for your help.
This is an example of how a single ‘as‘ can come out of the blue and make perfect sense: it is a news headline that goes:
BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.
In this case the context instantly forms in mind: we all know the ‘as’ is used in the context of comparing the impacts on human health by the different kinds of plastic. In general, I think that the existence of contexts that justify expressions like that (and like the examples of your post), should be obvious enough.
Now I would be very daft not to hear the yet unspoken point of your post, which is: No, Robert, I know of people saying ‘Green is as becoming a color,’ and there are no contexts that can explain it at all- what’s with that?
From my previous post, my answer to that would have been, if that’s true, then the ‘as’ in there is just senseless. But now looking back I would like to modify that position if only slightly, to say that it could be a form of false sophistication, by which your example above is just a way of saying ‘Green is such a becoming color.‘ (And I might speculate again that that be well along the direction you are going with your posts.)
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