What is the meaning of "as" which isn't placed on both sides of an adjective/adverb, as + adjective/adverb + as, but placed just before an adjective/adverb like the sentence below?
~, since we could as easily have begun with ~.
In the case below I think that "as" before he is conjunction and means because and "as" before B is adverb and means like. Is this correct? And is "as" before capable interpreted as the case above?
Clearly, A agrees with this, as he is just as capable of looking at clock dials as B is.
These sentences are brought from this book, p. 19 in the first and last paragraph respectively.