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The following sentence doesn't sound right to me, but I'm not sure whether it's actually wrong:

If neither approval nor a purchase order is required, you can quickly create invoices at the same time AS you create records for the vendors.

It seems to me it should say:

...you can quickly create invoices at the same time THAT you create records for the vendors.

  • Agreed.. the "as" seems redundant. – Othya Jun 19 '15 at 18:11
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    That, as, and Zero may all occur. – John Lawler Jun 19 '15 at 18:15
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    As is the most common marker for comparatives of equality: same..as, such..as. See CGEL, p.1100. – StoneyB Jun 19 '15 at 18:16
  • BTW, non-lawyers should not be playing at writing boilerplate clauses that work. That's a secret language, not English, and only lawyers have the superpower of creating new spells in it. – John Lawler Jun 19 '15 at 19:14
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They're both fine. Both the Ngram Viewer and a general web search show that both uses are popular, with "same time as" having a slight edge. The "as" construct requires some interpolation: "at the same time as [the time]," but that's no hill for a climber.

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In the OP, two predicates, create invoices and create records, are connected in time by the phrase at the same time:

1 Simultaneously; at once.

ODO

The conjunction as supports the connection in the first example:

  1. ... you can quickly create invoices at the same time AS you create records for the vendors.

The conjunction that supports the connection in the second example:

  1. ... you can quickly create invoices at the same time THAT you create records for the vendors.

Neither conjunction is necessary for the construction to make sense, because the phrase at the same time functions as a conjunction:

  1. ... you can quickly create invoices at the same time you create records for the vendors.

Testing the claim that at the same time functions as a conjunction, we simply replace it with the conjunction as for a fourth construction with equivalent meaning:

  1. ... you can quickly create invoices as you create records for the vendors.

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