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1) Please explain the meaning use of 'as is' in a and b.

a. As is typical with my friends, they can be friendly or mean.

b. As is typical with the English simple past tense, they can be talking either about habits or about single occasions.

2) How is 'as is' above different from these examples?

Eve's very tall, as was her mother.

I voted Labour, as did my wife.

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English 1b3 Normally, the verb after 'as' is the same as the verb in the main clause.
Hi, English. Could you give me an example of what you mean here?

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AvangiCould you give me an example of what you mean here?

It seems that if there is an auxiliary in the main clause, the same auxiliary, either in the same or different tense, is used after 'as':

Eve is very tall, as was her mother.

Anne was upset, as was Fiona.

I have been happy most of my life, as has my wife.

I was screaming at the top of my lungs, as was my father.

But when there is no auxliary, we use a form of 'do':

I voted Labour, as did my wife.

I walked to the concert, as did my friend Mike.

I screamed at the top of my lungs, as did my father.

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The can be friendly, as can my wife.

But here, they don't use the first auxiliary; instead, they use a different verb altogether:

a. As is typical with my friends, they can be friendly or mean.

b. As is typical with the English simple past tense, they can be talking either about habits or about single occasions.