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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.".
Last edited by jctgf; 12-Apr-2008 at 18:14.
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?
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 !
"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.
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"?
The surprisingly large number of 6 000 people may have been infected with the disease.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press