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    Default as much as/ as a lot as

    He eats as much as I.

    instead of this sentence, can i use He easts as a lot as I?

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    Default Re: as much as/ as a lot as

    Quote Originally Posted by thebestwork View Post
    He eats as much as I can.

    Instead of this sentence, can I use He easts as a lot as I can? I don't think so
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    Last edited by Atchan; 27-Jul-2010 at 03:02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebestwork View Post
    He eats as much as I.

    instead of this sentence, can i use He easts as a lot as I?
    The first one is correct. You can not replace ‘much’ with ‘a lot’’
    As… as is an idiomatic expression You need an adjective to be placed in between the construction 'as ... as'; as:
    as black as pitch, as busy as a bee, as clear as crystal.

    A lot is two words, so it is a phrase, which can be used as noun, adverb and some times as adjective.

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    Default Re: as much as/ as a lot as

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The first one is correct. You can not replace ‘much’ with ‘a lot’’
    As… as is an idiomatic expression You need an adjective to be placed in between the construction 'as ... as'; as:
    as black as pitch, as busy as a bee, as clear as crystal.

    A lot is two words, so it is a phrase, which can be used as noun, adverb and some times as adjective.
    First, I think an adverb can be placed between as...as, not only adjectives.
    Second, It seems that as you said, "a lot" can't stand for "much" because it is a phrase of two words, can it ?

    I think the reason is that "a lot" is neither adjective nor adverb, it is usually used with "of".
    Please explain more and if possible show some examples.
    Thank you !

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    Exclamation Re: as much as/ as a lot as

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    First, I think an adverb can be placed between as...as, not only adjectives.



    Yes, I agree. This structure is used to measure and compare things that are of similar in nature. In this construction, the first as functions as an adverb which modifies usually an adjective but sometimes an adverb following it. The second as functions as a preposition when it relates to the following noun or pronoun.
    • The meal was as good as the conversation.
    • She spoke as slowly as she could
    Second, It seems that as you said, "a lot" can't stand for "much" because it is a phrase of two words, can it ?

    I think the reason is that "a lot" is neither adjective nor adverb, it is usually used with "of".
    Please explain more and if possible show some examples.
    It is used as an adverb and usually placed at the end.
    I enjoy swimming a lot.
    Mary seems to travel a lot.

    Thank you !
    A lot of is a phrase uusually used as adjective and placed before a countable noun as: A lot of trees. A lot of books.

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    Default Re: as much as/ as a lot as

    Quote Originally Posted by thebestwork View Post
    He eats as much as I.

    Instead of this sentence, can I use He easts as a lot as I?
    No, you can't.

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