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‘As’ as a conjunction

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘As’ as a conjunction.


But as they grew in cunning, they grew in mischief.

From ‘Phantastes’, by George MacDonald.


But by everybody else Mr Darcy was condemned as the worst of men.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


As Madame Beck ruled by espionage, she of course had her staff of spies.

From ‘Villette’, by Charlotte Brontë.


I rowed about in my boat, and waited, waited, waited, as I best could.

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


His wits had quickly returned as soon as he saw the twinkle of their lights.

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


We twisted ourselves about, and lay as still as death, with every sense alert.

From ‘The First Men in the Moon’, by H.G. Wells.


Scuttling a ship is surely as ancient a practice as mutiny on the high seas.

From ‘The Mutiny of the Elsinore’, by Jack London.


May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


She learnt the fable of “The Hare and Many Friends” as quickly as any girl in England.

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


As is so often the case, she had married the very worst of those who sought her hand.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


Of course in this, as in doing Latin proses or getting into mischief, practice makes perfect.

From ‘Five Children and It’, by Edith Nesbit.
Of the ability to wake up at exactly the time you want in the morning.


“I am not on such terms with my relatives as would justify me in asking favours of them.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


On one occasion, indeed, he even went so far as to knock them both down a flight of stairs.

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.


She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


Peter was watching him from below his eyelids, as I have seen him watch a lion about to charge.

From ‘Greenmantle’, by John Buchan.


“Certainly it would appear that matters have not arranged themselves quite as we anticipated, sir.”

From ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“Go to him, Elinor,” she cried, as soon as she could speak, “and force him to come to me.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“Then spare my life for the love of Heaven, as I spared yours,” rejoined the girl, clinging to him.

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.


“Never,” said he, as he ground his teeth, “never was anything at once so frail and so indomitable.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He was fast asleep; lying, easily, with his head upon his arm, as I had often seen him lie at school.

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.

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It was with a rather imperious gesture that I summoned Jeeves to my side.

From ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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