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i would be grateful if someone can shed some light on the use of "as and when".

i have an example here: We will update the information as and when necessary.

it seems to me that "as and when" is similar to either "as" or "when". so why say both at the same time?

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Hi Vincent,

i would be grateful if someone can shed some light on the use of "as and when".

i have an example here: We will update the information as and when necessary.

it seems to me that "as and when" is similar to either "as" or "when". so why say both at the same time?

It's really just an idiomatic expression. It sounds a little 'legalistic' and precise, so perhaps that's why some people like to say it.

Vincent, it pains me that you don't start your sentences with capital letters. Emotion: crying

Best wishes, Clive
It can also imply that the speaker is not too happy about being asked for the information, possibly after having been asked unnecessarily several times. The speaker is also making it clear that he/she will decide when the information is provided not necessarily every time that the questioner wants a reply.

The meaning can vary slightly depending upon the tone of voice.
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hey, It's Mahesh here..
I'm gonna write about where we use as an when and what is the meaning of it.
well in my opinion as an when means as soon as.
Let's have an example: I'll give my assignment to my teacher as an when I finish it.
As an when I finish my study, I'll apply for job.
Hello, Mahesh. "As an when," as you have written four times, is meaningless. "As and when" was explained when the question was asked, four years ago.
Oh I hate this expression. It's meaningless.

Substituting either word, i.e. 'as' or 'when', for 'as and when', means exactly the same thing.

Jonathan.
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I don't agree that this phrase is identical to either 'as' or 'when' - I think the implied meaning is that the speaker isn't sure exactly when something will happen, but as soon as it does, then (...).

To the other responders: What's with the grammar rudeness??? It really doesn't matter how (or when) people write on a forum as long as they get their point across, and are mature enough to remain POLITE even in disagreement.
AnonymousWhat's with the grammar rudeness??? It really doesn't matter how (or when) people write on a forum as long as they get their point across, and are mature enough to remain POLITE even in disagreement.
Sorry, I disagree (politely, I hope). It matters a lot how people write on a forum, if that forum is designed to help people learn correct English. I don't pick on typos, but when someone repeats the same misspelling four times in a single post, in the very phrase that is being discussed, I think it's important to make clear to learners which version is correct. I also think it's worth pointing out when someone is replying to a thread that is several years old, so they won't unwittingly spend time writing answers that the original poster is unlikely to see. I do always intend to be polite in my posts here -- sorry if you feel that I failed in this particular instance (if indeed your comment was aimed at me).
Greetings to all.

I believe, 'as and when' is not similar to simply 'as' or 'when'.
It is used in context to a continuity. Its signifies the dependence of an activity on multiple events instead of a single event.

Eg. We will be updating the site as and when we receive the data.

Here the implication is on completion of a task as a result of multiple inputs.

Regards,
Satish
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