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1.He drank as much as three liters of milk (original)

2. The game requires as few as two players.(original)

3.The magazines cost as little as fifteen cents.(original)



1.He drank as little as three liters of milk.

2.The game requires as many as two players.

3.The magazines cost as much as fifteen cents.

Hi, What is the difference between the original sentence and its opposite below? Thanks.





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1. He drank as much as three liters of vodka a night.
He drank about three liters of vodka a night.
2. The game requires as few as two players.
The game requires only two players.
3. The magazines cost as little as fifteen cents.
The magazines cost only fifteen cents.

1. She drank as little as three liters of water a week.
She drank only three liters of water a week.
2. The game requires as many as two players.
The game requires about two players.(? sounds nonsense)
3. The magazines cost as much as fifteen cents.
The magazines cost about fifteen cents.

paco
1.He drank as much as three liters of milk (original)

If you know that that he drank exactly three liters of milk-

He drank three liters of milk.

If you don't know the exact amount and guessing the amount he drank.

He drank about three liters of milk.

Why do you bother about the words 'as much as' ?

He could drink as much as he likes.
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Thanks paco/cheers Rex.
It is simply emphasis. If you believe "three litres" (British spelling) is a large amount (relative to the context) then you convey this by saying "as much as". If you believe it to be a realtively small amount then you convey this by saying "as little as".
Paco2004
1. He drank as much as three liters of vodka a night.

"as much as threeliters of vodka" seems too much for me. Emotion: smile Sorry, I couldn't resist, Paco. Emotion: smile

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Rex1.He drank as much as three liters of milk (original)

If you know that that he drank exactly three liters of milk-

He drank three liters of milk.

If you don't know the exact amount and guessing the amount he drank.

He drank about three liters of milk.

Why do you bother about the words 'as much as' ?

He could drink as much as he likes.

Hi Rex, Yours is not the same 'as much as' construction.

He drank as much as three liters of vodka.(here, 'as much as' is an adverb.)

He drank as much (vodka) as he likes.('as much....as...' functions as an adjective.)



Thanks.