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    as many/little/few as

    Please what do these expressions mean? Do they all mean the same, that is, "just" or "only"?

    A few examples bellow:

    "Nowadays as many as one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel."

    "And I was doing as many as ten shows a week."

    "Exactly, it's a matter of asking the right questions and giving away as little as we can. It's a game."

    "FACT BOX KUONI Travel can offer trips to Singapore for as little as $599."

    "In Tambov town there were reported to be as few as three Bolsheviks on the very eve of the October Revolution."

    "Cholesterol measurement was done by as few as 27% of clinicians.".



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    Re: as many/little/few as

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Please what do these expressions mean? Do they all mean the same, that is, "just" or "only"?

    A few examples bellow:

    "Nowadays as many as one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel."

    "And I was doing as many as ten shows a week."

    "Exactly, it's a matter of asking the right questions and giving away as little as we can. It's a game."

    "FACT BOX KUONI Travel can offer trips to Singapore for as little as $599."

    "In Tambov town there were reported to be as few as three Bolsheviks on the very eve of the October Revolution."

    "Cholesterol measurement was done by as few as 27% of clinicians.".



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    as many/much as ... is used for showing how large and surprising something is (= up to).
    as few/little as ... is the opposite, that is to say how surprisingly small something is (= only).

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    hi,

    i found the sentence "Nowadays as many as one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel.".

    does "up to" replace "as many as" in this context? it sounds like "only", don't you think?

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    i found the sentence "Nowadays as many as one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel.".

    does "up to" replace "as many as" in this context? it sounds like "only", don't you think?

    thanks.
    If you use many or much, it's never related to the word only or just. However, 25% may seem like a small amount to some and a large amount to others. In this example, the author considers the amount as a big thing.

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    i found the sentence "Nowadays as many as one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel.".

    does "up to" replace "as many as" in this context? it sounds like "only", don't you think?

    thanks.

    If the writer had written 'only' one in five, he would have been making a different point. He wants to emphasise that 20 percent of the cars on UK roads are diesel, and this is a lot. Had he written 'only' he would have been indicating that he thought 20 percent was a small amount.

    I don't think we can replace 'as many as' with 'up to', but it is very difficult to explain to you why !

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    "Nowadays as many as (the surprisingly large number of) one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel." One in five is a surprisingly large number for the speaker in this context.

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    it seems that "the large number/amount of" would be a good explanation for "as many as", right?
    what about "as few/little as"? would it mean "the small number/amount of"?
    thanks.

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    it seems that "the surprisingly large number/amount of" would be a good explanation for "as many as", right?
    what about "as few/little as"? would it mean "the surprisingly small number/amount of"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    "Nowadays as many as (the surprisingly large number of) one in five cars on UK roads is a diesel." One in five is a surprisingly large number for the speaker in this context.
    The trouble is that the surprisingly large/small number/amount of something, unlike as many as, doesn't state how many/much of something there actually is.

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    Re: as many/little/few as

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The trouble is that the surprisingly large/small number/amount of something, unlike as many as, doesn't state how many/much of something there actually is.
    How about:
    The surprisingly large number of 6 000 people may have been infected with the disease.

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