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When she hands the darning egg to him, his hand curls around it like the treasure it is.

What is the reason of using "like the treasure it is" instead of simply "like a treasure"? Can anyone pls illustrate the differences with more examples? Thx.

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When she hands the darning egg to him, his hand curls around it like the treasure it is . What is the reason of using "like the treasure it is" instead of simply "like a treasure...? Think of the sentence this way.When she hands the darning egg to him, his hand curls around it like the treasure that it is .When she hands the darning egg to him, his hand curls around it like it is treasure. This is a uncommon word order that adds emphasis to the term 'treasure'. Here's another example.He ran away like the coward that he was.He ran away like a coward. Clive
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Will Leung 8544like the treasure it is.

~ recognizing that it is a treasure


It's time to start treating rhubarb like the vegetable it is.

~ recognizing that it is a vegetable (and not a fruit)


The chef will handle the truffles like the luxuries they are.

~ recognizing that they are luxuries

CJ