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jiang

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Dear teachers,

Please read the following sentence:

Instead of standing in line at the bank we withdraw twenty dollars in as many seconds from an automatic teller machine.

This is the "as much/many as" structure. So it should be " in as many as...". Could you explain which is missing in this sentence?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.

Jiang
 

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in as many seconds = in 20 seconds (as many seconds as dollars)
 

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Dear teachers,

Please read the following sentence:

Instead of standing in line at the bank we withdraw twenty dollars in as many seconds from an automatic teller machine.

This is the "as much/many as" structure. So it should be " in as many as...". Could you explain which is missing in this sentence?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.

Jiang


***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Good morning, Jiang.

(1) I am really interested in your question.

(2) A teacher recently explained to me how this as ... as correlative conjunction works.

(3) Please remember that most teachers do NOT accept this explanation.

(4) It is your decision to accept it or not.

(5) For easier analysis, I have shortened your sentence. OK?

(a) I withdrew twenty dollars in as many seconds. =

(b) I withdrew twenty dollars in as many as 20 seconds. =

(c) I withdrew twenty dollars in as many as 20 is many seconds. =

(d) I withdrew twenty dollars in many seconds to the extent in which 20 is

many.

(6) As I said, most teachers do NOT accept this idea.

(7) Some teachers and students, however, find that this explanation
makes everything very clear.

(8) If you are interested in this theory, read all that you can about

correlative conjunctions and the old-fashioned Reed-Kellogg diagramming

system.

(a) The Reed-Kellogg diagramming system will REALLY help you better

understand English grammar -- although almost all teachers nowadays

say it is a waste of time. And VERY few teach it. Most American students

would probably refuse to study it anyway.

Best of luck to you!
 
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