I found this article curious: As If! - Overuse and Misuse of the Word 'as' The author states that "as" is more of a comparison word and not to be used instead of "while". In other words instead of: You would use: Now the author does state that it's the overuse of "as" that becomes a problem, that it's fine to use it now and then, but I recently saw another article that gave me pause. I happened to see the following phrasing repeated with no "as" in dialogue tags (these are similar examples-- I forgot where I saw them): That sounds strange to me, but is that more typical? Or would you more likely see the following? Is one preferable, or are both phrasings interchangeable (with the caveat that "and" will make the actions occur one after another and might not work in all cases)? I know it CAN depend on what you want to say-- that's not my question. My question is, do editors mind seeing "as" in dialogue tags on a frequent basis? EDIT: And let me clarify, I ignored the above link because I hadn't read it anywhere else before. It wasn't until I saw another site avoid "as" (without saying why), that I thought of it again. My personal inclination is to use "as" because it sounds more natural than "while" or "and".