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    Cool as much as she ever did

    What's really saying as much as she ever did?

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    When she opened, as much as she ever did, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly.

    Might it mean something like the few occasions she did?

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    Cool Re: as much as she ever did

    Any help here, please

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    #3

    Re: as much as she ever did

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    What's really saying as much as she ever did?

    Found in this sentence:

    When she opened, as much as she ever did, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly.

    Might it mean something like the few occasions she did?

    Thank You
    It looks like it's meant to mean that, but it's badly expressed.

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    Re: as much as she ever did

    When she opened, as much as she ever did, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly

    But the word "unreseredly" means she opened it willingly and with ease. So "as much as she ever did" means that in the past, she opened the door the same way.

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    Cool Re: as much as she ever did

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    When she opened, as much as she ever did, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly

    But the word "unreseredly" means she opened it willingly and with ease. So "as much as she ever did" means that in the past, she opened the door the same way.
    Quite disturbing too. And this ever, doesn't it refer to the notion of "few occasions" "in some moments"?
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    Re: as much as she ever did

    Because the sentence is not well written it is difficult to really understand.

    I believe it means "as much as she ever did in her life" "Always" would have been better.

    The "unreservely" really makes it ambiguous. "Reservely" would have made more sense.

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    #7

    Re: as much as she ever did

    Why using simple past ?, shouldn't it be as (replacing as much as ... ever);"When she opened, as she had always done, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly." ?

    Or it is just a simple transformation of simple present (as she always does) to the past one
    (as she always did).

    I am asking this, because to my (humble) knowledge, when we refer to the experiences in the past, we should use present perfect (as she has always done) , since the sentence indicates past, I've turned it to "as she had always done".

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

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    Cool Re: as much as she ever did

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Because the sentence is not well written it is difficult to really understand.

    I believe it means "as much as she ever did in her life" "Always" would have been better.

    The "unreservely" really makes it ambiguous. "Reservely" would have made more sense.
    I must say that the character is more into being reserved. She doesn't open her heart to anyone passing by, not even remotely, so opening her heart is not an everyday attitude

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    Re: as much as she ever did

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Why using simple past ?, shouldn't it be as (replacing as much as ... ever);"When she opened, as she had always done, the doors into her life, she did so unreservedly." ?

    Or it is just a simple transformation of simple present (as she always does) to the past one
    (as she always did).

    I am asking this, because to my (humble) knowledge, when we refer to the experiences in the past, we should use present perfect (as she has always done) , since the sentence indicates past, I've turned it to "as she had always done".

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
    "As much as she had ever done" would make a lot more sense, but we are dealing with an American writer here.

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    Cool Re: as much as she ever did

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "As much as she had ever done" would make a lot more sense, but we are dealing with an American writer here.
    Even in your proposal, I have difficulty understanding "as much as", but it is a problem I have many times with this comparative formula "as much as". If the fact is she is opening her heart as never before have done, wouldn't it be more understandable to say precisely "as never before did"? Just a suggestion. Any explanation of using "as much as" in a sense not exactly of levelling would be most appreciated because is one of my nemesis in English.

    Thank You

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