I resolved to reveal my plan, as/since my hopes of hiring Tom returned after he’d shared his story with me.
Is as or since the correct choice here? And why?
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Either sounds fine to me. I think that "since" tends to be used in speech more than "as." I think that in writing they're used equally often. When I use "since," I usually don't include a comma before because it introduces a subordinate clause (in the same way that I wouldn't put a comma before "because"). When I use "as," I do include the comma for some reason that I can't entirely describe. (It's almost like it's more of a modifying phrase and less of a subordinate clause to me.)