as Definition

  • 1used to indicate the function or role of someone or something
  • 2used to describe the way something happens or is done
  • 3used to introduce a comparison

Using as: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "as" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He works as a doctor.

  • Example

    As you can see, the project is almost complete.

  • Example

    She sings as beautifully as a bird.

  • Example

    As I was saying, we need to finish this by Friday.

Phrases with as

  • with regard to; concerning


    As for the budget, we need to cut down on expenses.

  • used to describe a situation that is not real or true but that is imagined or pretended


    He acted as if he didn't know me.

  • used to indicate that a word or phrase is not exactly what you want to use but that it is close enough to be understood


    The book was, as it were, a love letter to the city.

Origins of as

from Old English 'eallswa'


Summary: as in Brief

'As' [ษ™z] is a versatile word used to indicate function or role, describe how something happens or is done, and introduce comparisons. It can be used as a conjunction, preposition, or adverb. Phrases like 'as for,' 'as if,' and 'as it were' are commonly used in English. For example, 'As for the budget, we need to cut down on expenses.'

How do native speakers use this expression?