# Thread: as much as

1. ## as much as

The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.

Does it mean that 1 apple=3 pears or 3 apples= 1 pear ?

This looks like a maths question but it is also the interpretation of the sentence.

Could somebody please provide me with the answer?

Thank you very much.

2. ## Re: as much as

Originally Posted by kohyoongliat
The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.

Does it mean that 1 apple=3 pears or 3 apples= 1 pear ?

This looks like a maths question but it is also the interpretation of the sentence.

Could somebody please provide me with the answer?

Thank you very much.
I'm not good at Maths
I think 3apples=1 pear

3. ## Re: as much as

Are you talking about pears or peaches? Check out what you've written.
Anyway, I am for 1 apple=3 peaches/pears.

4. ## Re: as much as

Originally Posted by Englishlanguage
Are you talking about pears or peaches? Check out what you've written.
Anyway, I am for 1 apple=3 peaches/pears.
Sorry, it should be peaches. So we are comparing peaches with apples.

I believe it should be 1 peach = 3 apples. ( I say so because there are more apples than peaches.)

1 apple = 3 peaches implies that there are more pears than apples.

Do you agree?

5. ## Re: as much as

I can't help but agree. But the sentence seems to say 1 apple=3 peaches.
Anyway, I may be wrong, I'm not a teacher.

6. ## Re: as much as

The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.
Does it mean that 1 apple = 3 peaches, or 3 apples = 1 peach.

Thank you very much.

7. ## Re: as much as

Is that all you know? If yes, why do you say you know there are more apples than peaches? Is this just an opinion or is it a given fact?

8. ## Re: as much as

Originally Posted by kohyoongliat
The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.
Does it mean that 1 apple = 3 peaches or 3 apples = 1 peach.

Thank you very much.
In this problem I would say:

3 apples : 1 peach

The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.
The number of apples are 3x the number (as much as) of peaches.

So there would be three apples in every peach you have.

[an Engineering student and not an English teacher}

9. ## Re: as much as

Originally Posted by kohyoongliat
The amounts of apples are three times as much as peaches.
Translation:
There are three times as many apples as peaches.
~R

10. ## Re: as much as

Originally Posted by RonBee
Translation:
There are three times as many apples as peaches.
~R
RIGHT!

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