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    Questions about As Much...As clause.

    I have couple of questions (which has been nagging me for a long time) about 'As much...As' comparative clause.

    What all (noun (uncountable/countable), adjectives (gradable/non-gradable), infinitive, gerund) we can use in 'As much....as' clause?

    'As much <noun (uncountable/countable)> as'

    'As much adjectives (gradable/non-gradable)> as'

    'As much <infinitive> as'

    'As much <gerund> as'

    Could you please explain me.

    My second query is:

    I know that "much" can be used before uncounatble nouns. But I came accross a famous quotation of Mahatma Gandhi.

    "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good"

    In the above mentioned sentence, duty is used as a countable noun with as much. Could you plesae explain this?

    Best Regards,
    Sabya


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    Re: Questions about As Much...As clause.

    For the most part this phrase has the same usage as "less than" or "equal to" in relative terms. To address your quote by Mahatma Gandhi. He is saying that your "non-cooperation with evil" is equally important as "cooperation with good". Not a direct countable, but comparing by contrast.

    "I don't know as much about Mahatma Gandhi as some people do."
    is roughly the same as
    "I know less about Mahatma Gandhi than some people do."

    "I like meatloaf as much now as I did when I was younger."
    is roughly the same as
    "My desire for meatloaf is equal to what it was when I was younger."

    "As much as I am trying to get my point across, I don't know if I have actually helped you.
    Is roughly the same as
    "My ability may be less than what is required to explain this."

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    Re: Questions about As Much...As clause.

    What all (noun (uncountable/countable), adjectives (gradable/non-gradable), infinitive, gerund) we can use in 'As much....as' clause?

    'As much <noun (uncountable/countable)> as'

    She plays as much tennis as basket ball.

    She is as much a hippie as I am.

    'As much adjectives (gradable/non-gradable)> as'

    (Can’t think of one?)

    'As much <infinitive> as'

    She loves as much to eat as to cook.

    'As much <gerund> as'

    She loves as much flying as sailing.

    Could you please explain me.

    My second query is:

    I know that "much" can be used before uncounatble nouns. But I came accross a famous quotation of Mahatma Gandhi.

    "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good"

    In the above mentioned sentence, duty is used as a countable noun with as much. Could you plesae explain this?

    You may be confusing ‘much’ as an adjective that qualifies non-count noun with that as an adverb, as in ‘It’s much appreciated.’ or ’You may drink as much as you like.‘ ‘As much’ in Gandhi’s sentence qualifies the verb ‘is’ and not the noun ‘a duty’. See also the second example above.

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    Re: Questions about As Much...As clause.

    Thanks a lot Ravage and Buddhaheart.

    I would like in what are the situations we should use a singular noun in a 'as much..as' clause?

    For example.

    To ensure sustainable economic growth is as much a responsibility (of the goverment) as is to ensure a low inflation rate = Responsibilities to ensure sustainable economic growth and to ensure a low inflation rate are to the same degree (please let me know whether the above sentences are correct?).

    In the above sentence 'as much' is an adverbial which denotes the degree of 'responsibility'

    But here.
    In a democratic society, voting as much a responsibility as is a right or
    Life is as much a responsibility as is a gift.

    What role the 'as much...' clause is playing?

    Could you please explain.

    There is one more sentence which I formed.

    There lies as much sublime beauty in the English grammar as does in mathematics.

    Could you please tell me whether the this structure correct?

    Best Regards,
    Sabya

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