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    as much/many as 5.5 million tons of soot

    Hello,

    http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/...ts-3288089.php

    - The explosions would cause major urban fires and send as much as 5.5 million tons of soot rising above the stratosphere 50 miles high, after a million tons of it fell back to Earth as black rain.

    I cannot understand why 'as much as' is used before '5.5 million tons of soot' instead of 'as many as 5.5 million tons of soot'?

    - The explosions would cause major urban fires and send as many as 5.5 million tons of soot rising above the stratosphere 50 miles high, after a million tons of it fell back to Earth as black rain.

    If using 'as much as' before that is correct, then I think answer 'B2' is OK:

    A: How much coffee do you drink everyday?
    B1: I drink as many as 5 cups of coffee everyday.
    B2: I drink as much as 5 cups of coffee everyday.

    I feel really confused. Could you please tell me which ones are OK?

    Thanks.

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    Re: as much/many as 5.5 million tons of soot

    It depends on whether you see the quantity as a total amount or a number of individual parts. I would use "much" in your first. I would likely use "many" in your second.

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    Re: as much/many as 5.5 million tons of soot

    Please note, ademoglu, that "everyday" is an adjective, whereas "every day" is a noun. Thus, you drink five cups of coffee every day, or drinking five cups of coffee is for you an everyday occurrence.


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