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EZ connects certain adverbs to the word "as", like "almost",
"just", and "about":
I did it almost as quickly as he did
The expression "[number] times" can also be used in this way;
"I did it three times as quickly as he did". The only usage of
"as" that can be modified in this way is the first "as" in a
comparative expression; "*I did it as quickly almost as he
did". Thus "EZ-" only appears on "as.y", which is the
dictionary expression for this usage.
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