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Etymology: 'as regards' and 'as concerns'

Discussion in 'Language & Culture' started by Accounting, Aug 2, 2020 at 2:35 PM.

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    as regards = concerning; in respect of

    2. regard [with object] {archaic} = (Of a thing) relate to; concern

    As per the above, because regard = concern, this question also applies to 'as concerns'.

    I am guessing that as operates as a conjunction here, and regards a conjugated verb, but how did as + regards combine to mean the above?

    Please help me dig deeper than the definition, which I already understand and so ask NOT about. I heed the Etymological Fallacy, but what are some right ways of interpreting the combination of the 2 bolded words, to make it feel reasonable and intuitive?

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