Much as S+V. 譲歩の副詞節

形容詞(副詞) as S+V, (譲歩の副詞節)について。

The economist からの例文です。

Smartphones are more than a convenient route online, rather as cars are more than engines on wheels and clocks are not merely a means to count the hours.
Much as the car and the clock did in their time, so today the smartphone is poised to enrich lives, reshape entire industries and transform society.

Feb 28th 2015

Much as S+V, で譲歩の副詞節を示します。


こうした倒置は誤解を招く可能性があり、学術論文では使いませんが、The economistなどの英字紙では良く出てきます。