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Dear all,

I just used this expression in a mail: "I am not so much worried as perplexed." Although I know this sentence is grammatical, I am not sure at all if this sentence is easily understood in a casual conversation. How do you native speakers think? I would appreciate your opinions!

One more thing: if I say, "I am not so much worried, but perplexed," does it make sense?

I am looking forward to your opinions! Thanks a lot Emotion: smile
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Both sentences are correct. I would use the first sentence over the second; however, that is my opinion.
Anonymous"I am not so much worried as perplexed." Although I know this sentence is grammatical, I am not sure at all if this sentence is easily understood in a casual conversation. How do you native speakers think? I would appreciate your opinions!
It's fine as is. It will be easily understood in a casual conversation. I would not change it. Variants are possible by leaving out much or by adding I am again after as. All variants are acceptable and understandable in casual conversation.

Jake is not so (much) curious as (he is) obnoxious.
This car is not so (much) luxurious as (it is) expensive.
That novel is not so (much) intriguing as (it is) exhausting.


CJ
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Hi English Maven, thanks a lot for your reply.

It is good to know that I used that sentence correctly (It looked a little convoluted to me at first, but anyway, now I know it was just me).

I don't know why, but I may feel comfortable using "not so much ..., but..." version if it is in a conversation. It is also good to know that it is still okay, that you'll be understood.

Thank you again, English Maven! Emotion: smile))
Thank you, CJ! I've been thinking I just need to use this construction a lot more, in everyday situations, and you provided such good examples. I would love to make a pungent comment next time, using these sentences.... hmm.

Emotion: smile))
So for you it's not so much witty as pungent that's important! Emotion: big smile

CJ
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CalifJimSo for you it's not so much witty as pungent that's important!

CJ

Oh shoot, how can you be so eloquent...!!
Come on! You can do this!

It's not so much eloquent as ....

OR

It's not so much ... as eloquent ...

Want to give it a try? [:^)]

CJ
CalifJimWant to give it a try?

Ooohkay, I didn't expect this... but I think there is something quite fascinating about you, CJ. I don't know how to express that rare quality of you. It is not so much eloquence that I am impressed as ... as ..... well, what can I say? You are focused, clear-cut, calm, joyful, and passionate! And witty, what is better still, hehe.

Phew.
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