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As much as I want to be with you, I have to leave. Our country is at war.

I want to be with you but I have to leave. Our country is at war.

What's the difference between as much as and but in this context?

Thanks.
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Hi,

As much as I want to be with you, I have to leave. Our country is at war.

I want to be with you but I have to leave. Our country is at war.

What's the difference between as much as and but in this context? Generally speaking, they mean the same here.

'As much as' stresses more the degree of my wanting, ie 'I much want to be with you, but . . '.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi N2G

I'd use "Much as" rather than "As much as" in your sentence. The meaning of "Much as" is similar to "even though" or "however much".

Your sentences both show contrast. However, "much as" acts as a subordinating conjunction whereas "but" is a coordinating conjunction.
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Thank you, Clive and Yankee.
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