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Difficult as the outbreak was, we managed to finish it.

This sentence is resembling me something like

How difficult to pass the exam is, harder to get high mark will.

I don't mean the meaning, I meant structure. So what does "as" mean in the first sentence and what is the structure or grammar rule of it?

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  • Your sentence makes no sense. A version corresponding to the first one would be "Difficult as the exam was, I managed to get high marks in it". Nov 26, 2021 at 11:52
  • I don't understand what "to finish an outbreak" means. Perhaps it should be [As] difficult as the outbreak was, we managed to contain it. Where it's at least slightly "unusual" to use as instead of though (and slightly more unusual not to enunciate the initial as as per my alternative; they're normally used as a matched pair - As bad as it is, it could get worse). Nov 26, 2021 at 13:37

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This use of 'as' means 'although'.

  • Difficult as the outbreak was, we managed to finish it.
  • Although the outbreak was difficult, we managed to finish it.

You'll find this use and definition in the dictionary.

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