as of a gun..

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as of a gun..

Post by navi » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:51 pm

1) He was startled by a sound as of a gun going off.
2) He was awakened by a sound as of a tree falling.

"As of" is supposed to mean "like that of" in these sentences.
I think they are a bit archaic. Would you consider them correct in modern-day English?

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Re: as of a gun..

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:46 pm

It is an archaic usage, "like a gun going off" would be more usual now.
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Re: as of a gun..

Post by Phil White » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:06 am

Hmmm. Nice question.

I really am not sure whether "as of" is archaic yet. Bob is right to say that "like" is far more common, but I think it probably always has been in my lifetime, at least in spoken English.

My gut reaction is that "as of" is not so much archaic as it is formal. Insofar as informal forms are becoming ever more acceptable in circumstances where we might have used more formal expressions in the past, perhaps "as of" is slowly becoming "archaic". But I would still be happy to use it without the sense that it was old-fashioned. I would certainly use it in writing, where I tend to adopt a formal style anyway.
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