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  1. mylevt's Avatar
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    #1

    as much

    Hi,
    "They didn't move as much."
    Could you please tell me the meaning of "as" in the sentence? Can I omit it without changing it meaning?
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: as much

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    "They didn't move as much."
    Could you please tell me the meaning of "as" in the sentence? Can I omit it without changing it meaning?
    Thanks.
    I'd say so much instead of as much.


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    Re: as much

    Could it be an ellipsis?

    They didn't move as much (as that)?

    By the way '... without changing its meaning.' Better 'without changing the meaning of the sentence.'

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    #4

    Re: as much

    If the original meaning was 'as much (as something else)' then you cannot remove the 'as' and still retain the original meaning of the sentence. It is, however, possible to say 'They didn't move much', meaning, they were mostly standing still.

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    #5

    Re: as much

    Or, "They didn't move as much as (they did) before." It depends completely on context.

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