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Infections of the nose and throat have as much to do with our behavioral, psychological, and social environment as they do with the presence of the infectious organism

If a thing is true, you have as much to do with it as any parson in England

I have two questions.

1 Could "many" work in place of "much" ?

2 Does it make sense to  use " have many to do with" in other contexts?

Many thanks.

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Yes, it is possible to invent a context for "have many to do with":

(a) If you do too many projects with John, you won't have many to do with Steve.

There, "have many to do with" is elliptical for "have many projects to do with."

Yes, I think I saw the sentence like what you gave.

What about if the "have to do with phrase means something like " be related to", does it still works using "many"?

@Dude posted:

What about if the "have to do with phrase means something like " be related to", does it still works using "many"?

Your question should have been: Does it still work using "many"?

The answer is no. Only "much" (or "a lot") will be used in that case because, unlike the example provided by David (where plural "jobs" is tacit), with "much" the reference is singular and unspecified. It can be paraphrased as "many things." "Much" can only be used in the comparative or in the negative. In the affirmative, "a lot" is preferred.

- Infections have to do as much with a poor environment as (they do) with the presence of an infectious organism.

- Infections don't have much to do with weather conditions.

- Infections have a lot to do with the lack of hygiene.

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