(1) As virtually all the nation's 50 busiest airports are, New York's were built for an age of propellers.

(2) New York's were built for an age of propellers, as virtually all the nation's 50 busiest airports are.

Can the (2) be written as (1)?
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If the context is very clear, sentence 2) could be interchanged with sentence 1). Usually, however, the subject is stated in the first clause.

An interchange like this might be possible, clearly showing the context first:

A: Are all airports obsolete? Even New York's airports?

B: New York's were built for an age of propellers, as virtually all the nation's 50 busiest airports are.

As an introductory statement, though, and for perfect clarity, only 1) would be a beautiful sentence.

Rachel

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