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Can present continuous "is increasing" be used instead?

"The abundance of transistors is leading to a problem: what to do with all of them? We saw one approach above: superscalar architectures, with multiple functional units. But as the number of transistors increases, even more is possible."

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anonymousCan present continuous "is increasing" be used instead?

In my opinion, you could do it, but it would change the meaning of "as".

But [as / to the extent that] the number of transistors increases, ....
But [as / because] the number of transistors is increasing, ...

CJ

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Doesn't "as" in the sentence mean "when" to you?

anonymous

Doesn't "as" in the sentence mean "when" to you?

No.

CJ

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Sorry CJ, can you please write another synonym for "as/to the extent that"?

But [as / to the extent that] the number of transistors increases, ...

Oxford Dictionary has this:

as: used in comparisons to refer to the extent or degree of something.


It's like "at the same time".

As the temperature rises, you perspire.
~ To the (same) extent that the temperature rises, that's how much you perspire.
~ If the temperature rises a lot, you perspire more, and if the temperature rises only a little, you perspire less.
~ Your rate of perspiration matches the rate of the temperature rise. The two things happen together, at the same time.


Describing a hurricane:

As the wind blows harder, more trees are uprooted.
~ To the (same) extent that the wind blows harder, that's how many trees will be uprooted.
~ If the wind blows a little harder, a few more trees will be uprooted, and if the wind blows very much harder, a great many more trees will be uprooted.
~ The rate at which trees are uprooted depends on the speed of the wind. The two things happen together, at the same time.


as the number of transistors increases, even more is possible.

~ The greater the increase in the number of transistors, the greater amount of computing power is available.

CJ

Thank you again so much!

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