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We think of a day as being the time from when we wake up to the time we go to sleep. Exactly when a person wakes up and goes to sleep is not important.

Shouldn't the phrase, think A as B, means A equals B? A day should be some kind of 'time', not "being the time"?

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  • It would have been fine if you omitted being as well.
    – mdewey
    Apr 12, 2021 at 15:59

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"Being" has a few definitions, but it can be the present participle of the verb to be.

Saying "we think of the day as being the time from [x] to [y]" is a bit like saying "we think it to be...".

The reason it isn't quite the same as 'A equals B', as you put it, is because it is about perception. Your original statement is not saying that the day is that - but that is what people think that it is, and the phrase choice shows that.

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