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Indeed he has been frequently quoted as commending research into survival as by far the most important question facing mankind.


Dear teacher. In the above sentence, I have never seen "as... as" used in this way. How should I understand it here? Thank you.

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zuotengdazuoI have never seen "as... as" used in this way.

The two 'as's are unrelated.

...he has been frequently quoted as commending research into survival...

'Quote as' is a fixed phrase.

quote as saying : to report or say (the exact words) of (someone) —usually used in the form 'be quoted as'. He was quoted as saying there would be further delays.


...commending research into survival as by far the most important question...

as: (preposition) in the role, function, or status of

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Thank you. I get it now.