Is it possible to say like, ' It wasn't so much that people with similar attitudes became friends as that people who pass, ?
I'd like to know David's opinion. Personally, I think that for that comparison between clauses to work "as much as" needs to appear in the middle:
- It wasn't that people with similar attitudes became friends as much as that people who passed each other during the day tended to become friends and came to adopt similar attitudes over time. (It was the latter rather than the former.)
Surfing the Internet, for example, for "as much as that he" (instead of "he" we could look for any other noun or pronoun in subject position), we can find some interesting examples:
- It wasn’t that Mr. Christy gave me that book as much as that he cared enough to give me that book (Source).
- It isn't that he trusted actors as much as that he loved to see them work (Source).