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    #1

    as much as

    He and he is the same person.
    I would like to know the meaning of the next sentence.
    He weighs as much as he does.

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    #2

    Re: as much as

    I am not a teacher.

    He and he is the same person.
    I'm afraid this doesn't make sense.

    He weighs as much as he does.
    This should be comparing the weights of two different people, but the distinction between the two, as written, is not very clear. In a real life situation with some pointing and hand waving it might be clearer.

    As an afterthought, if the sentence were to continue it might make sense.

    He weighs as much as he does because he eats like a horse.
    Last edited by Roman55; 11-Sep-2014 at 13:43. Reason: Adding an afterthought

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    #3

    Re: as much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    He and he is the same person.
    I'm afraid this doesn't make sense.
    If the speaker pointed at two people in two different photos while speaking, would it make sense?

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: as much as

    I am not a teacher.

    I'd understand what he meant, but it wouldn't be a natural sentence.

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    #5

    Re: as much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I'm afraid this doesn't make sense.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I'd understand what he meant, but it wouldn't be a natural sentence.
    Is an understandable but unnatural sentence sometimes described as 'doesn't make sense'? If so, I would be confused.

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    #6

    Re: as much as

    I think it would have helped if the OP had used quotation marks: "He" and "he" is the same person. It would have been even better if "in the following sentence" had been added.

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    #7

    Re: as much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is an understandable but unnatural sentence sometimes described as 'doesn't make sense'? If so, I would be confused.
    I am not a teacher.

    Why have you taken two of my posts and put them together as if they were both in answer to the same question?

    1. digitalen wrote, 'He and he is the same person.' I replied, 'I'm afraid this doesn't make sense.'
    2. Matthew wrote, 'If the speaker pointed at two people in two different photos while speaking, would it make sense?' I replied, 'I'd understand what he meant, but it wouldn't be a natural sentence.'

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    #8

    Re: as much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I'd understand what he meant
    I took it to mean 'I'd understand what he meant by 'He and he is the same person', which had been described as 'doesn't make sense' in your post#2. Did I misunderstand something?

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    #9

    Re: as much as

    I am not a teacher.

    I think you're being obtuse.

    If the speaker pointed at two people in two different photos and said, 'He same him' I'd understand what he meant, but it wouldn't be a natural sentence.'

    Do you understand now?

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    #10

    Re: as much as

    He and he are the same person. The grammatical subject is plural.

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