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CONJUNCTIONS. As apparently for "as if"

As, like "an" (102), appears to be (though it is not) used by Shakespeare for as if. As above (102), the "if" is implied in the subjunctive.

“To throw away the dearest thing he owed
As 'twere a careless trifle.

i.e. "in the way in which (he would throw it away) were it a careless trifle." Often the subjunctive is not represented by any inflection:

“One cried, 'God bless us,' and 'Amen' the other,
As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.

; Rich. III. iii. 5. 63.

Sometimes the as is not followed by a finite verb:

“As gentle and as jocund as (if I were going) to jest,
Go I to fight.

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