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    Can one say:

    1-"I lost as much as you did."

    instead of:

    2-"I lost as many times as you did."

    We have played a series of games or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Can one say:

    1-"I lost as much as you did."

    instead of:

    2-"I lost as many times as you did."

    We have played a series of games or something.
    I am not a teacher.

    1 = I lost as much money as you did.
    2 = I lost as many games as you did.

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    I agree with Twostep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I agree with Twostep.

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    You usually got gifts for New Year? Wow, lucky you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Can one say:

    1-"I lost as much as you did."

    instead of:

    2-"I lost as many times as you did."

    We have played a series of games or something.

    I lost as much as you did.
    ==> 'much' functions as an adverb to modify the main verb 'lost'. You might lose money, what twostep said.


    I lost as many times as you did.
    ==> 'many times' is used to talk about quantity.

    :wink:

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    I lost 50 times. You lost 40 times.
    A-I lost more than you did.
    (Do I have to say "more times")

    B-I lost 40 times. You lost 50 times.
    I lost less than you did.
    (Do I have to say "fewer times")

    C-I lost 50 times. You lost 50 times.
    I lost as much as you did.
    (Do I have to say "as many times"?)

    You guys seem to think yes. I'd like to know what the teachers think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi

    I lost as much as you did.
    ==> 'much' functions as an adverb to modify the main verb 'lost'. You might lose money, what twostep said.


    I lost as many times as you did.
    ==> 'many times' is used to talk about quantity.

    :wink:
    The problem with "much" is that it can also be a noun. It could be an adverb (as frequently) or a noun (as much money, time, respect etc.)

    If one wants the adverbial use, "often" would probably be better in this construction. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    I lost 50 times. You lost 40 times.
    A-I lost more than you did.
    (Do I have to say "more times")

    B-I lost 40 times. You lost 50 times.
    I lost less than you did.
    (Do I have to say "fewer times")

    C-I lost 50 times. You lost 50 times.
    I lost as much as you did.
    (Do I have to say "as many times"?)

    You guys seem to think yes. I'd like to know what the teachers think.
    A. OK, but more often is more clear.
    B. OK, but less often is more clear.
    C. OK, but often would be more clear.

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