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    As much back

    Hi guys,

    Is it ok to say "You have to take your hand as much back as possible"?

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    Re: As much back

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    Hi guys,

    Is it ok to say "You have to take your hand as much back as possible"?
    I'm not sure what it means. Could it be that you have to move your hand in a backward direction as far as you can?

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    Re: As much back

    Always capitalise 'OK'.

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    #4

    Re: As much back

    Move your hand as far back as possible.

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    Re: As much back

    'as far back as...' is what you want. Interesting point though; I wonder why 'as much back' doesn't work here; I imagine students would find a 'rule' useful... I'd suggest this: 'as much' only works if it's not followed by a preposition.... But that doesn't cover things like 'Our object is give as much back as we take out.' Maybe the 'not before a preposition' rule would work if it had an exception for this sort of 'pronominal' use of 'as much' [where it means 'as much joy/food/money...']. Hmm... not very elegant...

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    #6

    Re: As much back

    OK so we cannot use "Much" here.

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    #7

    Re: As much back

    Correct.

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    Re: As much back

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    OK so we cannot use "Much" here.
    You can for me. But you have to say, "Bring your hand back as much as possible", not "as much back as possible".
    Still, 'far' is better than 'much' - probably far, or much, better.

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