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Hello,

1. You cannot find a single leaf on the tree.

I have to rewrite the sentence using "as much as " or "as many as".

a) You cannot find as much as a single leaf on the tree.

b) You cannot find as many as a single leaf on the tree.

Which one is correct?

Generally we use "much" in a negative sentence and for the noun that is uncountable.

"Many" with countable noun.

Could anyone explain it to me?
Thanks.
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Hi Hanuman

I'd say you've used "(not) as much as" as a variation of the idiom "(not) so much as", which is used like the word "even" as an intensifier when something is surprising or unexpected.

http://www.bartleby.com/61/97/S0559700.html
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so+much+as
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=as%20much%20as

Thus, the sentence "You cannot find as/so much as a single leaf on the tree." could be reworded this way:
You cannot find even one leaf on the tree.
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Leaves are countable, so you should use "many".

Chris
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Hello Hunuman_2000!

The correct answer is letter a.

As much in this sentence is being used as as idiom, meaning Almost the same: ex. I thought as much. She said as much.

According to Webster´s:

nearly , approximately <looks much the way his father did>
— as much
1: the same in quantity <not quite as much money>2: to the same degree <likes baseball almost as much as he likes golf>

The issue here is the latter part of the sentence (a single leaf on the tree). So you are making a comparison regarding similar amounts. To write a phrase using as much as within the tradional grammar rules, you would be dealing with countables and uncountables and using a form of comparative. Ex.
  • She does't read as much as as her brother. (Much here refers to the time she spends reading, and time is uncountable)
  • She doesn´t read as many books as her brother. (Many here refers to books, and book are countable)
Hope this helped!

Daniela.
You cannot find as much as a single leaf on the tree.

I think this is correct.
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