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    "however much"

    I read this line from a news: "So each week, states will distribute however much they have on hand."

    Please correct me or add in your explanation, to my interpretation of the sentence:
    -however: to whatever (anything or everything that) degree or extend
    So, the sentence means that each week, states (plural) will distribute in
    whatever degree (of vaccine) they have on hand -- each state has
    different amount of vaccine, probably depending on its population.

    Actually, I am not sure if the sentence might mean that each week, states will distribute in whatever way they want, much they have on hand. This way "however" modifies "distribute", while "much" means "great in quantity" (which is vaccine, in this context.)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: "however much"

    'However much' goes together; the states will contribute exactly the amount that they have on hand. (They won't keep any back.)

    Incidentally, 'news' is uncountable; what you saw was 'a news item'.

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    Re: "however much"

    Thanks very much for your explanation. I wonder if "however much" has any other meaning, in addition to "exactly." Perhaps some example sentences, please.

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    Re: "however much"

    Quote Originally Posted by pvn01 View Post
    I read this line from a news: "So each week, states will distribute however much they have on hand."

    Please correct me or add in your explanation, to my interpretation of the sentence:
    -however: to whatever (anything or everything that) degree or extend
    So, the sentence means that each week, states (plural) will distribute in
    whatever degree (of vaccine) they have on hand -- each state has
    different amount of vaccine, probably depending on its population.

    Actually, I am not sure if the sentence might mean that each week, states will distribute in whatever way they want, much they have on hand. This way "however" modifies "distribute", while "much" means "great in quantity" (which is vaccine, in this context.)

    Thanks in advance!
    No, "however much" is adjectival. It qualifies "vaccine" here.
    It doesn't mean 'exactly' exactly. It means "the amount you have".
    "However" is an adverb modifying "much", an adjective, so the phrase is adjectival.

    A: How much vaccine do we have?
    B: I'm not sure. Not much.
    A: Well, however much we have, we need to distribute it.
    (If we have a small amount, we distribute a small amount ...).


    However much = No matter how much = the full extent we have (in this case).

    However much he loves her, he stills beats her.
    He might love her a lot, or very little, but he beats her nevertheless.
    However much I want to pass this exam, I won't cheat.
    The extent to which I want to pass this exam is irrelevant. I do not cheat.

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    Re: "however much"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, "however much" is adjectival. It qualifies "vaccine" here.
    It doesn't mean 'exactly' exactly. It means "the amount you have".
    "However" is an adverb modifying "much", an adjective, so the phrase is adjectival.

    A: How much vaccine do we have?
    B: I'm not sure. Not much.
    A: Well, however much we have, we need to distribute it.
    (If we have a small amount, we distribute a small amount ...).


    However much = No matter how much = the full extent we have (in this case).

    However much he loves her, he stills beats her.
    He might love her a lot, or very little, but he beats her nevertheless.
    However much I want to pass this exam, I won't cheat.
    The extent to which I want to pass this exam is irrelevant. I do not cheat.
    Thanks very much for the example sentences. I think I understand now.

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