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as – Misused Words

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Misused word


“As” is sometimes used to mean “because.” But do not use it if there is any chance of ambiguity. In the example below, “as” could mean “because” or “when.”

Avoid “We canceled the picnic as it began raining.”

Use “We canceled the picnic because it began raining.”

A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker [Sixth Edition]

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