as were his brothers vs as his brothers were

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vladv

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Russian-Russia
He was killed , as were his brothers / he was killled , as his brothers were. Is the inversion compulsory in the first example above? Or willl the second version do ?
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    The problem with the second version is that if you remove the comma the meaning changes: it would not simply say that he was killed, but that the manner of his killing was the same as the manner of killing his brothers (for example, they were all beheaded by a guillotine.)
     

    vladv

    Senior Member
    Russian-Russia
    The problem with the second version is that if you remove the comma the meaning changes: it would not simply say that he was killed, but that the manner of his killing was the same as the manner of killing his brothers (for example, they were all beheaded by a guillotine.)
    as I see it .1 he was killed as his brothers were. (They were killed by the same method ). 2He was killed, as were his brothers. ( they were killed too).3 he was killled, as his brothers were . What's the difference between the second and third .
     
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