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Dear Ted,

I am trying to understand the words - “as much as” in the following sentence:
“No father has ever loved a son as much as I have loved him.”

Can you please tell me how to classify “as much as”.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich:

I am trying to understand the words - “as much as” in the following sentence:
“No father has ever loved a son as much as I have loved him.”

Can you please tell me how to classify “as much as”. [PERIODS GO INSIDE THE CLOSING QUOTATION MARK.[

"As much as" is consider ONE subordinating conjunction.  In your example, "I have loved him" is a dependent clause telling how the "quantity" of love.

My grammar books did not provide useful examples, so I "googled" for grammar as much as.

This is one of the useful sites:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000377.htm

I am pasting in some other sites that are informative.  The classification or function of "as much as" is not really covered in basic grammar classes.

Ted

To show difference: more, less, fewer + than
To show no difference: as much as , as many as, as few as, as little as


http://ielanguages.com/english.html

Conjunctions

   Words that connect two words, phrases or sentences. Coordinating conjunctions connect two independent clauses (sentences that can stand alone) together, while subordinating conjunctions combine a subordinate to a principal element in the sentence.  Examples of coordinating conjunctions include: and, or, nor but, for. Examples of subordinating conjunctions include: after, although, as, as if, as much as, as though, because, before, how, if, in order that,
provided, since, than, that, though, unless, until, when, where, while.



http://www.eltbase.com/notes.php?id=549

inequality: quantity


The as...as structure is often used with quantity expressions such as 'much' and 'many'.

This phone doesn't have as many features as the other one.
(The other phone has more features than this one.)

My ticket didn't cost as much as yours.
(Your ticket cost more than mine.)

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