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    #1

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    Hello all,
    Are these sentences equivalent?

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as they often spend (as much time) planning for it."
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    #2

    Re: "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as they often spend (as much time) planning for it."
    Only the first is possible. "Often" applies equally to the phrases before and after as.​ It's wrong to repeat it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Only the first is possible. "Often" applies equally to the phrases before and after as.​ It's wrong to repeat it.
    I am not sure if I can ask my question into other posts. Sorry about that.

    If we make the changes below, do these alternative versions make sense?

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as they spend planning for it."

    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as they do planning for it."

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    Re: "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as planning for it."

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    I am not sure if I can have to ask my question into in another posts post. Sorry about that.

    If we I make the changes below, does this alternative version make sense?
    "People often spend as much time worrying about the future as they spend planning for it."
    Your alternative version is OK. Most native speakers would use "as they do planning for it" at the end to avoid the repetition of "spend".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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