I tend to use "as" as a substitute for "because" a lot , probably because "as" is a much shorter word but it's starting to worry me. How would my readers respond to this? Example paragraph: Tydeus knew the layout of the land like the back of his hand as he'd grown up playing in these mountains. Even though his father was king and he'd been forced to learn the ways of the court, he never truly felt the pull of it. He had more love for the outdoors than the stuffy castle walls and it showed. He was in his prime, his body lithe and muscular as he'd ventured out across these mountains more times than he cared to remember. Came up with this on the fly, so to speak, so forgive the terrible writing. As you can see two uses of the word as in one paragraph. Does it annoy you as much as it does me? Sorry if this might sound like a vague question but I have nothing else to go on.