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I've been reading the book She Said and get completely confused with this sentence in the book. Here it is: She would be required to provide"such reasonable assistance as it may request in taking such steps as are prudent to deal with the foregoing to prevent any further disclosure or as the case may be to mitigate such effect". I was confused from the"as it may request"part. The two "as"in this sentence,which one is prep. and which one is conj.?

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    Wow! Was that actually part of the book's main text? It looks like an extreme example of "legalese" to me. I'd say all three instances of as in that sentence are performing the same syntactic role (the assistance which it requests, the steps which are prudent, or which may be the case). But I don't know or care whether they're "preps" or "conjs". Whatever - this is hardly suitable text for non-native speakers to use to learn English. It's probably only intended to be "facetious" (poking fun at legalese) for native speakers anyway. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 6 at 16:21
  • Thanks for ur explanation.This sentence is indeed quoted from legal settlements according to the book. – Ann Jul 6 at 16:36
  • I agree with FumbleFingers, this is bad even for "legalese", they could at least add some commas in what I take to be a list... – sharur Jul 6 at 16:42
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    I could always be mistaken, but I'd be pretty sure it's not an actual legal text at all - it's effectively a (facetious) caricature of legalese. So strictly speaking, in context, even native speakers aren't really expected to understand it. Whatever - pedants and grammarians could have a field day arguing over whether an article is syntactically required or not in that final to mitigate such an effect. My guess is it is required - but by the time we've waded through all the text up to that point, who cares? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 6 at 16:50
  • Syntactically, in modern grammar "as" is never a conjunction, but only a preposition, or adverb. In your sentence, it's a preposition in both cases. Others have provided you with the meaning. – BillJ Jul 6 at 18:49
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She would be required to provide "such reasonable assistance as it may request in taking such steps as are prudent to deal with the foregoing to prevent any further disclosure or as the case may be to mitigate such effect."

Basically this horrible tangle of words means:

when "it" requests help, do what makes sense (given the foregoing) to prevent/mitigate any further disclosure

The two "as"in this sentence,which one is prep. and which one is conj.?

Objects of prepositions have to be nouns. If you see an article, what follows is always a noun. So the first as is a conjunction and the second as is a preposition.

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