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What does it mean if someone says..."as it was", in a sentence like

"I won't have enough time to stop and then get to the office, as it was I only managed about 10 minutes there which clearly isn't enough time to do it justice"?

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  • Possible duplicate of Meaning of "as it was" in context
    – Justin
    Nov 2 '19 at 8:45
  • Consider 'We didn't have enough supplies to stay in the advance camp for over a week. As it was, we were almost out of water when we made it back to base.' There is often a sense that, though some mitigating factor (here, getting back to base camp) has softened / avoided a blow, the result was still pretty (here) to very unpleasant. // This need not be the interpretation: 'We were outplayed for most of the match, but as it was, we won!' But again, a contrast between what was expected and what actually transpired. Nov 2 '19 at 11:30
  • @EdwinAshworth thank you. Could you please clarify a little better? I'm learning English
    – David John
    Nov 2 '19 at 13:31
  • 'We didn't have enough supplies to stay in the advance camp for over a week. As it was, we were almost out of water when we made it back to base.' = 'We didn't have enough supplies to stay in the advance camp for over a week. We started back to base camp after a week, but even so, we were almost out of water when we made it back to base.' (ie the sense that things were not good as it was/transpired, but could/would have been so much worse given less favourable occurrences/decisions). // There can be other contrasts, though: 'We thought we'd enough milk for 5 days, but as it was/turned out, Nov 2 '19 at 15:04
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"I won't have enough time to stop and then get to the office, as it was I only managed about 10 minutes there which clearly isn't enough time to do it justice"?

Probably better punctuated as:

"I won't have enough time to stop and then get to the office, as it was, I only managed about 10 minutes there, which clearly isn't enough time to do it justice"?

This is saying, I assume, in response to a question like: "Next time you go to the office, can you stop at my home first?:

"I won't have enough time to stop [at your home] and then continue to the office, [BECAUSE the last time I made the journey] I only managed about 10 minutes there [at the office], which clearly isn't enough time to do it justice"?

"*as it was...the last time..." = because of my past experience / the way things happened the last time I did the thing.

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