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I came across these sentences in which ( as much as) is used when I expect to use ( as many as) and vice versa:

1- This is half as many as trusted him six months ago.

2- We just grabbed as many as possible. ( Collins dictionary)

3- Some of these fish can weigh as much as 80 km. ( practical usage)

4- Elephants can e as much as 10 feet tall if not more.

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@Ahmed towab posted:

1- This is half as many as trusted him six months ago.

2- We just grabbed as many as possible. ( Collins dictionary)

3- Some of these fish can weigh as much as 80 kg. ( practical usage)

4- Elephants can be as much as 10 feet tall if not more.

Hi, Ahmed,

In (1), "as many" is correctly used to refer to the number of people (plural count noun) who trusted him. If your confusion revolves around the use of "this is," it refers to the (implicit) singular noun "number."

In (2), "as many" refers to an unstated plural count noun. Compare:

- We grabbed as much (money) as possible.
- We grabbed as many (coins) as possible.

In (3) and (4), "as much" is correctly used to refer to the weight of some fish or to the height of elephants. You don't refer to the number of kilograms or feet, but to the weight and height as singular nouns:

- Their weight can be as much as 80 kg.
- Their height can be as much as 10 feet.

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