así como
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (and additionally)
a. as well as
Este almacén vende computadores, así como toda clase de equipos electrónicos.This store sells computers as well as all kinds of electronic equipment.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Varios caballos pastan en el campo que hay junto a nuestra casa, así como un burro.Several horses are grazing in the field next to our house, and a donkey too.
Compramos cerezas, fresas, frambuesas, así como una piña.We bought cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and a pineapple as well.
2. (used to express comparison)
a. just as
Así como yo he triunfado, tú también triunfarás.Just as I was successful, so too will you be.
b. in the same way that
Así como un escritor elige bien las palabras, un pintor también tiene que escoger bien los colores.In the same way that writers choose their words carefully, painters also need to be selective about their colors.
c. just like
Quiere ser una buena patinadora, así como lo es su hermana.She wants to be a good skater, just like her sister.
3. (used to express contrast)
a. whereas
Así como mi novio tiene que empezar a trabajar a las ocho cada día, yo tengo un horario más flexible.Whereas my boyfriend has to start work at eight o'clock every morning, my hours are more flexible.
b. while
Así como los perros solo quieren complacerte, los gatos hacen lo que les da la gana.Cats do whatever they feel like while dogs just want to please you.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(no sooner than)
a. as soon as
Así como se acostó, cayó profundamente dormida.As soon as she lay down, she fell sound asleep.
5. (the way)
a. as
Así como lo veo yo, tenemos que protestar contra esa decisión.As I see it, we need to protest against this decision.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(somewhat)
a. kind of
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Te veo así como triste. ¿Qué te pasa?You seem kind of sad. What's the matter?
b. a little
Esta situación me tiene así como preocupada.This situation has gotten me a little worried.
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