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    Dear teachers,

    I have one questions to ask.

    No.1
    Language belongs to each member of the society, to the clearner _______ to the professor.

    a. the same as b. as much as
    The key is "b". Could you please explain why "a" isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    hi!
    wonder why "as much as" is correct in this sentence,I think it should be "as well as",why?because "as well as" is used in parallel structure like this ("to the cleaner" and "to the professor")

    just my humble idea,correct me if i'm wrong

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    X is the same as/equal to Y; e.g., (class system) A cleaner is equal to a professor . . .

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    cleaner, not clearner.

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    excuse me,but do you mean "the position of a professor is equal to a cleaner" when you say " A cleaner is equal to a professor" .I still think "Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner as well as to the professor" is correct.

    can't you point out why the answer is "as much as"?thanks!!

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    Dear teachers,

    This is a question I put days ago and haven't got a definite answer. Could you please kindly read the sentence and tell me who is right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have one questions to ask.

    No.1
    Language belongs to each member of the society, to the clearner _______ to the professor.

    a. the same as b. as much as
    The key is "b". Could you please explain why "a" isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    A cleaner isn't the same as a professor, but language belongs to them both and the ownership is as unarguable in each case. You can't say 'the same as', because the objects being compared aren't the same. If you want to use same, you need to specify what is the same: either of these would be a possibility:

    "Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner in the same way as to the professor."

    "Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner to the same extent as to the professor."

    Of these, I prefer the second (because it avoids the third "to"). But I have a greater preference for 'as much as'.

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    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    A cleaner isn't the same as a professor, but language belongs to them both and the ownership is as unarguable in each case. You can't say 'the same as', because the objects being compared aren't the same. If you want to use same, you need to specify what is the same: either of these would be a possibility:

    "Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner in the same way as to the professor."

    "Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner to the same extent as to the professor."

    Of these, I prefer the second (because it avoids the third "to"). But I have a greater preference for 'as much as'.

    b

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