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    As many as should I use verb?

    Hello! I found a few examples with as many as structure. However I am confused. These two sentences have verb (do) at the end.

    • They have as many children as we do.
    • We have as many customers as they do.


    But! In these examples the verb is missing. Is it incorrect? Why not John eats as much food as Peter does?
    • John eats as much food as Peter.
    • Jim has as little patience as Sam.


    I wrote this sentence and I thought it was grammatically correct. However I am confused about as many as structure.


    Students in Germany bought as many books as in Lithuania OR Students in Germany bought as many books as students did in Lithuania

    I am even more confused about this: Four times as many people chose to watch Naruto as Cowboy Bebop OR Four times as many people chose to watch Naruto than those who watch Cowboy Bebop .....

    Please help : (

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    Re: As many as should I use verb?

    The example sentences without the verbs are correct.

    Students in Germany bought as many books as in Lithuania OR Students in Germany bought as many books as students did in Lithuania
    The second works fine. The first is unclear, but if you used as students in Lithuania, it would work for me.

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    Re: As many as should I use verb?

    I haven't tested this thoroughly, but I think the general rule is to write a sentence ending in do or does, then omit the final verb.

    Students in Ohio read as many books as students in Kentucky do.
    Students in Ohio read as many books as students in Kentucky.
    I am not a teacher.

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