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    Default how/how much

    1-I have noticed how he has changed.

    Does this mean:
    1a-I have noticed that he has changed.
    1b-I have noticed how much he has changed.
    1c-I have noticed in what way he has changed.


    2-I have noticed how they are alike.

    Does this mean:
    2a-I have noticed that they are alike.
    2b-I have noticed how much they are alike.
    2c-I have noticed in what way they are alike.

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    Default Re: how/how much

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I have noticed how he has changed.

    Does this mean:
    1a-I have noticed that he has changed.
    1b-I have noticed how much he has changed.
    1c-I have noticed in what way he has changed.


    2-I have noticed how they are alike.

    Does this mean:
    2a-I have noticed that they are alike.
    2b-I have noticed how much they are alike.
    2c-I have noticed in what way they are alike.

    Gratefully,
    Navi,
    1a and 1c are reasonable interpretations. 1a must be true in order for 1c to be true. It is possible to interpret "how" as "how much" - some decades ago, you might have heard "Oh, how he has changed" and it would mean "Goodness me, he has changed a lot". However, this usage is not as common these days.

    Your second example sentence is not very natural so it is difficult to say how it would be interpreted. I would expect to see "I have noticed how alike they are", which would mean both 2a and 2b. 2c would really only be worded as you have worded it in 2c.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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