does 'I introduce someone as something' mean 'I introduce someone as I am something' or 'I introduce someone as he is something'?


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Idiomatically, the as would usually refer to the person being introduced, and to note that you are something, you'd be expected to use different phrasing:

As the captain of FC Smalltown, I introduce John Smith, our new striker.

But there are cases where the as would refer to you, the introducer:

Tomorrow, I'm going to introduce John as his manager.

So in the grammar sense, it can be ambiguous - but unless the context makes it very clear that the as-part refers to yourself, it'll probably be understood to refer to the introducee.

  • Are you a native speaker of British English?
    – GKK
    Mar 11, 2021 at 22:25
  • @GKK No (or any other English for that matter), why? Mar 11, 2021 at 22:50
  • Oh sorry I mistook you as Michal Harvey. Sorry.
    – GKK
    Mar 12, 2021 at 1:02

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