General Writing and Grammar Help/as/that


The following sentences have been taken from Azar Grammar Exchange forum. I want to know what are differences of meaning between them.

1. The book was written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was

2. The book was written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published.

Are there any alternative method to express this sentences? What are they?

"Who" and sometimes "that" refer to people. "That" and "which" refer to groups or things.

Anya is the one who rescued the bird.
"The Man That Got Away" is a great song with a grammatical title.

Lokua is on the team that won first place.
She belongs to a great organization, which specializes in saving endangered species.

Rule 2a. "That" introduces what is called an essential clause. Essential clauses add information that is vital to the point of the sentence.

Example: I do not trust products that claim "all natural ingredients" because this phrase can mean almost anything.

We would not know the type of products being discussed without the that clause.

Avoid using as instead of because, for, since, that, or whether.
       Wrong   :   As he was ill, he stayed home.
       Right   :   Because he was ill, he stayed home.
         :   Since he was ill, he stayed home.
         :   He stayed home, for he was ill.
       Wrong   :   I feel as I should go.
       Right   :   I feel that I should go.

********** My personal rule is avoid each"as" and "that" when unnecessary:

1. The book was written in the same year "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was

2. The book was written in the same year "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published.

"As" definition:

adverb: as
1. used in comparisons to refer to the extent or degree of something.
   "hailstones as big as tennis balls" used to emphasize an amount.
   "as many as twenty-two rare species may be at risk"  

conjunction: as

1. used to indicate that something happens during the time when something is taking place.
   "Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd"
synonyms: while, just as, even as, (just) when, at the time that, at the moment that
   "she looked up as he entered the room"
2. used to indicate by comparison the way that something happens or is done.
   "dress as you would if you were having guests"
synonyms: in the (same) way that, the (same) way; informal-like
   "we all felt as Frank did"
used to add or interject a comment relating to the statement of a fact.
   "as you can see, I didn't go after all"
synonyms: which, a fact which
   "I'm away a lot, as you know"
3.because; since.
   "I must stop now as I have to go out"
synonyms: because, since, seeing that/as, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that; More
4.even though.
  "sweet as he is, he doesn't pay his bills"
synonyms: though, although, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, albeit, however
  "try as she did, she couldn't smile"

preposition: as

1. used to refer to the function or character that someone or something has.
  "he got a job as a cook"
synonyms: like, in the guise of, so as to appear to be More
2. during the time of being (the thing specified).
  "he had often been sick as a child"

********** So you can obviously see that using "as" is most incorrect.

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