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In the sentence, "He is as sly as a fox", what part of speech is "as"? Is "as sly as a fox" an adjective? Is "sly" the object of a preposition? I am so confused. Thank you!

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  1. The word "as" is a conjunction in this sentence; in fact, the two together are being used as correlative conjunctions. See the first example under conj. below:
    http://www.answers.com/as

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  2. The word "sly" is an adjective. The word "fox" is a noun. Taken all together, it's a simile.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=idiom+%22as+sly+as+a+fox%22

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