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As many...as / As few ...as /As a great deal of as



goodnesses
Algeria

As many...as / As few ...as /As a great deal of as
 
Hi, guys.

Today I come to you with this confusing grammatical issue through a very simple question.

Are these sentences correct? Please would you help with as precise explanation as possible.

1-They have as many children as we have.
2-Algeria has as few World Heritage sites as Morocco.
3-They did as a great deal of the work as we did.
4-He has as little money as she has.

Thank in advance for your valuaas asble feedback.

8 Nov 2008      



Tere-arg
Argentina

Hi,

1-They have as many children as we have.
2-Algeria has as few World Heritage sites as Morocco.


many and few are always used with Countable nouns (=nouns which can be counted: pens, doors, animals, etc)

3-They did as a great deal of the work as we did.
4-He has as little money as she has.


while a great deal of and little are used with Uncountable nouns (= cannot be counted and are always singular: meat, milk, desire, hope,  luck, etc)


Have a good time!  Smile

8 Nov 2008     



goodnesses
Algeria

Thanks, Tere-arg

Argentina

But my problem is with the meaning of the sentence in the whole, and with the use of such quantifiers in a "as ... as" comparison.

Not with which ones are to be used with count nouns an which with uncount nouns.

8 Nov 2008     



Tere-arg
Argentina

Oops Embarrassed

1- as many children as
2- as few World Heritage sites as
3- as a great deal of the work as
4- as little money as

As far as I know 1, 2 & 4 are correct but I am not certain about 3.
I have never seen "a great deal" used with  the "as...as" construction. At least, it does not sound natural to me but "as much work" would be different.


Letīs see if somebody who knows more can help us... Confused



Smile

9 Nov 2008     



Damielle
Argentina

What a good question!
 
I couldnĻt find any information in the books I have here. I think that I have to do some research on the topic to give you a sound answer. But just analizing your examples I can see the following:
 
1- as many children as
2- as few World Heritage sites as
3- as a great deal of the work as
4- as little money as
 
All the expressions in green are noun phrases made up of the nucleous nouns (children, sites, work,money) and their pre modifiers. In the pre modification there are quantifiers (many,few,a great deal of, little). So, considering structure, I think that all of them are similar.

9 Nov 2008     



Zora
Canada

The third one sounds wrong, canīt place my finger on why yet... itīs too early in the morning BUT I think it should be,

We did a great deal of work, compared to them OR We did a great deal more/less work than they did.

I think the problem here is the word "great" together with the word "deal" but as I said, I canīt figure the why of it... the grammar escapes me right now. I am on mental overload, I think - sorry goodnesses, I know you like the reason why behind things...

All I can add is that,

"We were as great as they were..." is correct  BUT "He is as great helper as me" not, it should be... "He is as a great of a helper as me..."

So, taking that rule, maybe perhaps the sentence should be:

"They did as a great a deal of the work as we did."

10 Nov 2008     



freddie
Canada

Hello. A little late but the third one is definitely wrong.
 
As....as is used to say that one noun has the same number (countable) / amount (uncountable) as the other noun and we only use as many as, as much as, as few as and as little as in this structure...we donīt use alot of, some of etc. in this structure.
 
Jo has 6 children and Mary has 6 children. Jo has as many children as Mary.
 
Or Jo has little money and Mary has little money. They are equally poor. Jo has as little money as Mary.
 
3 should be Jo did alot of the work and Mary did alot of the work so Jo did as much of the work as Mary did.
 
And sorry but I donīt agree that it is correct to say "They did as great a deal of the work as we did."
 
Hope this helps

18 Nov 2008