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    #1

    so much as

    Hi,

    What does "so much as" mean here?


    Carl has really been bitten by the green-eyed monster; he gets jealous if his wife so much as talks to another man.


    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: so much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Carl has really been bitten by the green-eyed monster; he gets jealous if his wife so much as talks to another man.
    he gets jealous if his wife does even such an insignificant thing as talk to another man

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    #3

    Re: so much as

    Put simply, means "merely"?

    Thanks a lot

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    #4

    Re: so much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Put simply, means "merely"?

    Thanks a lot
    I thinnk "so much as" means "even":

    Carl has really been bitten by the green-eyed monster; he gets jealous even if his wife talks to another man.

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    #5

    Re: so much as

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    I thinnk "so much as" means "even":

    Carl has really been bitten by the green-eyed monster; he gets jealous even if his wife talks to another man.
    Even if* I can see what you mean, I think putting 'even' next to 'if' invites the listener into considering an inappropriate meaning of 'even if'.

    You could say '...he gets jealous if his wife even talks to another man', but it needs 'talks' to be stressed; and 'so much as' does the job better, by implying that the talking is, as fivejedjon said, insignificant.

    *'Even though' would have been better, but I wanted to make a point.

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