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From the book "How It works... The Computer":

As computers became smaller and more powerful so their uses developed within science, technology and business.

How I understand this sentence:

As computers became smaller and more powerful so did their uses that were developed within science, technology and business.

Does my paraphrasing sound like I'm on the right track with this sentence?

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    This sentence doesn't scan well for me. Computers became smaller and more powerful so their uses developed within science, technology and business if the author means to imply cause and effect. As computers became smaller and more powerful so developed their uses within science, technology and business if the author means to imply that the two developments occurred hand in hand. (As in As goes Maine, so goes the nation meaning that politics in the state of Maine are a good indicator of national trends. – Adam Nov 8 '14 at 0:03
  • Well, one sentence is really not enough to make the best judgment about it. The paragraph or at least some surrounding sentences would help. Also, the reading level of the book. – user6951 Nov 8 '14 at 0:51
  • I think you’ve understood it correctly. That is a strange use of that construction, and normally I’d expect “as. . .so did.” – Tyler James Young Nov 8 '14 at 1:05
  • @TylerJamesYoung I don't think you necessarily would in this particular case. It kinda depends on the verb in each clause being the same. If the verbs in the clauses are different, you can't use that construction quite so effectively - although it would still be grammatical: As computers became smaller and more powerful so did their uses develop within science, technology and business. (a bit clunky, imo) – Araucaria Nov 8 '14 at 1:08
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The quoted sentence is not a good one.

I take it to mean: as computers became smaller and more powerful, they were put to new uses in science, technology, and business.

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