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    did not so much as say...

    Patricia did not so much as say that she had ever loved Daniel.

    Does did mean
    1) she never so much as said that she loved him
    or
    2) she did not say that at any point she had in time loved him?

    Many Thanks.
    Azz,.

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    Re: did not so much as say...

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Patricia did not so much as say that she had ever loved Daniel.

    Does did mean
    1) she never so much as said that she loved him
    or
    2) she did not say that at any point she had in time loved him?

    Many Thanks.
    Azz,.
    "So much as" is an intensifier of the situation. The sentence has the same meaning with these three words removed, but the effect is intensified.

    1. Patricia did not say that she ever loved Daniel.
    2. Patricia did not so much as say that she ever loved Daniel.

    By adding the phrase, the speaker in the second sentence demonstrates surprise and/or disapproval.

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