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meredith zita
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:22:07 PM
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Hello everyone,
I am hesitating on the use of 'as much as'.

The idea I want to express: Material culture do bring us much convenience, but also an equal amount of bother.

My translation: The advance of material culture do bring us much convenience but as much bother too.

But I feel there must be something wrong and quite odd with my translation, did i use 'as much' appropriately? And, how can I express the idea nicely?

Thanks for answering.
Shivanand
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:51:34 PM
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Hi meredith zita,

Here, both advance and culture are to be treated as third person singular. Therefore, the inflection s/es has to be added to the verb. Your translation thus becomes: The advance of material culture does bring us much convenience but as much bother too!




Cheers!

PS: I am hesitated... is not a correct sentence!


meredith zita
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:57:47 PM
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shivanand wrote:
Hi meredith zita,

Here, both advance and culture are to be treated as third person singular. Therefore, the inflection s/es has to be added to the verb. Your translation thus becomes: The advance of material culture does bring us much convenience but as much bother too!




Cheers!

PS: I am hesitated... is not a correct sentence!




Thanks shivanand. Should be "I'm hesitating..."Sorry about that.
rogermue
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 4:43:55 AM

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Hi meredith,
I think you use the word culture in a very imprecise way, if not to say in a wrong way. Actually you mean wealth and a high living standard and the material possessions that go with it.
And I think that the word bother is a bit too colloquial. You mean disadvantages that can become a nuisance.
thar
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 5:50:35 AM

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As much as material culture helps us, it also burdens us.

That is a much freer translation, but it is an example of how to use 'as much as' in the prose form, meaning 'although'. Sorry if it is a bit too complicated for you.
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