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Lawyers write as they see other lawyers write, and, influenced by education, profession, economic constraints, and perceived self-interest, they too often write badly.

What does "as" in this sentence means? I have two interpretations.

  1. Lawyers write when they see other lawyers write.
  2. Lawyers write like how other lawyers write.

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  • It's the second (but like how is redundant: use one or the other, not both). +1 for the quotation! --what's the source? – StoneyB Aug 28 '17 at 11:32
  • If the second interpretation is correct, why does the sentence has "they see"? Shouldn't it be just "Lawyers write as other lawyers wite"? The source is one of the lsat prep test. – user198952 Aug 28 '17 at 11:58
  • It's not quite the same thing: lawyers don't just write that way by coincidence, or perhaps because it's somehow built into the subject-matter, they write that way because they see other lawyers writing that way: they are imitating other lawyers. – StoneyB Aug 28 '17 at 12:15
  • The sentence sounds awkward to me, but I cannot explain clearly why it sounds wrong..Ill try to explain my confusing point as clearly as possible. First, because the verb phrase "they see" (which is an event) comes right after "as", it sounds like "as" is having a meaning of "when" in this sentence which leads me to think of the first interpretation that I mentioned. So my first confusion is, how can you make a judgement that first interpretation is wrong? – user198952 Aug 28 '17 at 12:56
  • Secondly, assuming that my second interpretation is correct, I tried to replace the word "as" with "like". However, with "like", the sentence sounds awkward. "Lawyers write like they see other lawyers write". The phrase "they see" just sounds to be wrong for some reason. – user198952 Aug 28 '17 at 13:00

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