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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Idioms for as

Origin of as

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English as, als, alse, also, Old English alswā, ealswā “all so (see also), quite so, quite as, as”; cognate with Middle Dutch alse (Dutch als ), Old High German alsō (Middle High German álsō, álse, als, German also “so,” als “as, as if, because”)

usage note for as

As a conjunction, one sense of as is “because”: As she was bored, Sue left the room. As also has an equally common use in the sense “while, when”: As the parade passed by, the crowd cheered and applauded. These two senses sometimes result in ambiguity: As the gates were closed, he walked away. (When? Because?)
Asas is standard in both positive and negative constructions: The fleet was as widely scattered then as it had been at the start of the conflict. Foreign service is not as attractive as it once was. Soas is sometimes used in negative constructions (… not so attractive as it once was ) and in questions ( “What is so rare as a day in June?” ).
The phrase as far as generally introduces a clause: As far as money is concerned, the council has exhausted all its resources. In some informal speech and writing, as far as is treated as a preposition and followed only by an object: As far as money, the council has exhausted all its resources.
As to as a compound preposition has long been standard though occasionally criticized as a vague substitute for about, of, on, or concerning: We were undecided as to our destination. As to sometimes occurs at the beginning of a sentence, where it introduces an element that would otherwise have less emphasis: As to his salary, that too will be reviewed. As to what and as to whether are sometimes considered redundant but have long been standard: an argument as to what department was responsible. See also all, farther, like1, so1.

Definition for as (2 of 8)

as2
[ as ]
/ æs /

noun, plural as·ses [as-iz]. /ˈæs ɪz/.

a copper coin and early monetary unit of ancient Rome, originally having a nominal weight of a pound of 12 ounces: discontinued c80 b.c.
a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.

Origin of as

2
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1595–1605

Definition for as (3 of 8)

As

Symbol, Chemistry.

Definition for as (4 of 8)

AS

abbreviation

American Samoa (approved especially for use with zip code).

Definition for as (5 of 8)

as-

variant of ad- before s: assert.

Definition for as (6 of 8)

AS.

abbreviation

Anglo-Saxon.

Definition for as (7 of 8)

A.S.

abbreviation

Anglo-Saxon.

Definition for as (8 of 8)

A.-S.

abbreviation

Anglo-Saxon.
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The conjunction as means “since” or “because,” but it is not used in exactly the same way as the latter. How is as different from because, since, for, and inasmuch as? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for as (1 of 5)

as1
/ (æz, unstressed əz) /

conjunction (subordinating)

adverb, conjunction

  1. used correlatively before an adjective or adverb and before a noun phrase or a clause to indicate identity of extent, amount, etcshe is as heavy as her sister; she is as heavy now as she used to be
  2. used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the sameshe is the same height as her sister

preposition

Word Origin for as

Old English alswā likewise; see also

undefined as

British Dictionary definitions for as (2 of 5)

as2
/ (æs) /

noun

an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome

Word Origin for as

C17: from Latin ās unity, probably of Etruscan origin

British Dictionary definitions for as (3 of 5)

as3

the internet domain name for

American Samoa

British Dictionary definitions for as (4 of 5)

As

symbol for

chem arsenic
altostratus

British Dictionary definitions for as (5 of 5)

AS

abbreviation for

Also: A.S. Anglo-Saxon
antisubmarine
Australian Standards
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Medical definitions for as (1 of 3)

As

The symbol for the elementarsenic

Medical definitions for as (2 of 3)

AS

abbr.

aortic stenosis
auris sinistra (left ear)

Medical definitions for as (3 of 3)

as-

pref.

Variant ofad-
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Scientific definitions for as

As

The symbol for arsenic.
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