other perishable goods as distinguished from "dry markets"

Mohamoka

Senior Member
Chinese
A wet market (also called a public market) is a marketplace selling fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods as distinguished from "dry markets" that sell durable goods such as fabric and electronics.
Wet market - Wikipedia

My questions:
I cannot understand the use of 'as' here.
It seems to me that the author uses 'as' to refer to a reason. So I guess it might be a reduced version of 'as it is distinguished from', but can it be allowed to be reduced when 'as' functions as a conjunction word for reason?
 
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    "As distinguished from" signals that an important distinction is about to be made. That's all there's to it, I think. A very similar phrase is "as opposed to", which could also be used in that context.
    So I guess it might be a reduced version of 'as it is distinguished from'
    That wouldn't work, I'm afraid.
     
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