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• Too late and the greeting is grunted as an afterthought as you both pass only feet away from each other.

the above sentence is from longman dictionary

pls explain the meaning of the sentence. does the conjunction 'as' used in the sentence give the meaning of because? what does it mean to ' only feet away from each other', did they approached very near or something else ?

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The first "as" means "like," and the second "as" means "while." There is no "because" idea in the sentence.

The people are about 2-3 feet from each other. They pass each other without saying anything, and then one of them realizes that s/he should have said something, so even though it is really too late, s/he says something without much meaning.

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anonymouspls Please

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anonymousdoes Is the conjunction 'as' used in the sentence give the meaning of because?

No. It means "like".

anonymousWhat does it mean to 'pass only feet away from each other'? Did they approached approach very near or something else?

After auxiliary do (do, does, did) you must use the plain form of the main verb.


Yes, it means they were very close to one another when they passed.

CJ