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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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One and two are the same structure, but one describes habituation while two describes specific things.

I'm not sure what you want as the "meaning use" of "as is." I don't have a paraphrase.

These are simple comparisons using a single "as" (or "like").

They can be friendly or mean, like most of my friends.

Eve is very tall, like her mother (was).

The verb may be repeated or not.

Alas, our dry voices when we whisper together are quiet and meaningless. as wind through dry grass, or rats' feet over broken glass in our dry cellar.
Hi, Avangi

meaning use=meaning/use (typo)

The only example I provided that confused me was my first. Normally, the verb after 'as' is the same as the verb in the main clause. In this case, it's different.
AvangiThe verb may be repeated or not.
Alas, our dry voices when we whisper together are quiet and meaningless. as wind through dry grass, or rats' feet over broken glass in our dry cellar.
So is the verb is omitted here?

Alas, our dry voices when we whisper together are quiet and meaningless. as is wind through dry grass, or rats' feet over broken glass in our dry cellar.

Thank you, Avangi
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I see what you mean. Let me think about it.

So is the verb is omitted here? Yes.
English 1b3How is 'as is' above different
1) as is + adjective
2) as [verb] + noun

Possible paraphrases:

1) As is ..., [main clause] ~ [main clause], which is ....
2) as [verb] [noun subject] ~ and [noun subject] [verb], too.

CJ
English 1b3 So is the verb is omitted here? i
I retired late, as usual. I retired late, as is my wont. .
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Sorry, that was sort of an edit test. It seems I'm allowed only one edit window per thread.
Yea, I'm still trying to figure out the editing functions too. I only just got the old version sorted before the change...

Thanks for that sentence about the voice and the trees...I always see 'as' you like that in poems, but I never really thought it was a reduction of 'as + to be'.
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Yea, I'm still trying to figure out the editing functions too. I only just got the old version sorted before the change...

Thanks for that sentence about the voice and the trees...I always see 'as' used like that in poems, but I never really thought it was a reduction of 'as + to be'.
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