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Hello teachers,



I think I understand these two usages of the preposition "as," but ...

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/carjackers-foiled-mysteries-stick-shift-215110818.html
“Guys, turn your life around. You guys have got a lot going for you,” he said. “Thank you for not taking my life for something silly as a car.”

I have no idea what "as a car" means. Could you tell me the meaning?
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The sentence should read Thank you for not taking my life for something [so / as] silly as a car. Does this make it clearer?
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Yes, it does. Thanks a lot, AG. Emotion: smile

Is it common to omit the first "as" in the highlighted part?
HUBLOTIs it common to omit the first "as" in the highlighted part?
Somewhat, but it’s usually best to include both as’s in such constructions to avoid any possible awkwardness or confusion. You can never go wrong if you use both.
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Thanks a lot, AG.