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"As was his habit, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house."

I often see this kind of structure:As was his habit. But I do not understand what it means.

Please explain the structure and meaning.

Thank you in advance!

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    This might be better on english learners (ell.stackexchange.com) – Affable Geek Oct 14 '14 at 17:22
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It means "His habit was to spend August in Normandy. Because he was in this habit, his plans for next August were the same."

"As was his habit" is a little bit formal, and possibly even archaic - the more modern version would be "Customarily, he would..." or "He was accustomed to ..." but "As was his habit" is very understandable and used.

A habit is any action that is done repeatedly and routinely - e.g., Smoking cigarettes is a bad habit. or My habit is to exercise 3 times a ... {week | month | year }

  • Thank you so much. Your example about smoking is very timely as I have just smoked my hopefully last cigarette. – Huidong Im Oct 14 '14 at 17:37
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"As is/was his habit" to me bears the same connotation as "as is/was usual"

How about the following adv's:

Habitually/customarily, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house."

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