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    "I/You don't have much further to go"

    I found this expression several times recently, "I/You don't have much further to go." First of all, "much further" is grammatically vague to me. Is it adverb or a kind of noun in this sentence? Then, I'm not sure whether its meaning is equal to "I/You don't need to go much further" or "I/You don't have a long way to go." I posted one example below I found on the Internet. In this case it's part of a song.

    Another place again
    You and my loneliness speak now
    I realize
    I don't have much further to go
    I don't have much further to go

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    Re: "I/You don't have much further to go"

    Quote Originally Posted by mogu View Post
    I found this expression several times recently, "I/You don't have much further to go." First of all, "much further" is grammatically vague to me. Is it adverb or a kind of noun in this sentence? Then, I'm not sure whether its meaning is equal to "I/You don't need to go much further" or "I/You don't have a long way to go." I posted one example below I found on the Internet. In this case it's part of a song.

    Another place again
    You and my loneliness speak now
    I realize
    I don't have much further to go
    I don't have much further to go
    Both "much" and "further" are adverbs there. "Much" modifies "further'.

    It means "you don't have a long way to go".

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    Re: "I/You don't have much further to go"

    Quote Originally Posted by mogu View Post
    "I don't have much further to go."
    The distance from your present location to your destination is small.

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    Re: "I/You don't have much further to go"

    Thank you for your input. If "much" and "further" are both adverbs, what is the object of "have"? I'd like to know more grammatical explanations on it if you can. Is it possible to consider the last two words "to go" can be the object in this case? I'm not sure about that.

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    Re: "I/You don't have much further to go"

    Quote Originally Posted by mogu View Post
    Thank you for your input. If "much" and "further" are both adverbs, what is the object of "have"? I'd like to know more grammatical explanations on it if you can. Is it possible to consider the last two words "to go" can be the object in this case? I'm not sure about that.
    If you consider "have to" to be a phrasal verb, then "go" (a bare infinitive) is the object of "have to"; if you don't, then "to go" is then object of "have". As you can see, there is little difference.

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    Re: "I/You don't have much further to go"

    Thank you for the prompt reply. I really appreciate it. Your explanation endorses my initial guess about this matter, of which I was uncertain. Thanks again.

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