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as rapidly as

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:47 am
by azz
a. As rapidly as they are moving, they'll be here soon.

b. As hard as John hit Henry, Henry must be in a lot of pain right now.

Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful?

I am confused.

Generally, when 'as' is used like this with adjectives, the meaning is usually 'although'.

c. As precise as this instrument is, it sometimes gives wrong readings.

I don't think that could be used in a 'positive' sense.

Many thanks

Re: as rapidly as

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:18 pm
by Erik_Kowal
In a) and b), "as" is being used in the sense of "given that", e.g.:

Given that they are moving [so] rapidly, ....

Given that John hit Henry [so] hard, ...

"As" is a word with many applications and nuances of meaning.