How to use "as much as / as many as" in graphs

by zohreh
(shefffield)

Hi Thank you for your helpful information. May I ask you to describe about correct usage of (as much/many as)? For instance is it right to say: This industry consumes ground water 9 times higher as much as public supply water?

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as much as / as many as
by: IELTS buddy

This industry consumes ground water 9 times higher as much as public supply water?

No, your sentence is not correct. There are quite a few errors with it, not just with "as much as".

The first point is this - you need to get your comparative structures correct. You should put the number or comparative phrase after the verb in this sentence. And "higher" is wrong also.

Once you change, both of these, the sentence will look like this::

"This industry consumes 9 times more ground water than.....("public water" does not make sense here so you must mean something else)".

"as much as" is used with uncountable nouns.

"as many as" is used with countable nouns (so you correctly used this one).

However, it can't be used with "9 times more". The phrase comes after the verb, so it needs to be used instead of this. It is used to say two things are the same. For example:

"This industry consumes as much ground water as the public supply".

Again, although the grammar is now correct, this does not seem to make sense to me so I think you may be misunderstanding whichever graph you are looking at.

Another way to use this phrase is for example:

"Spanish people spend $20 per week on fast food, which is as much as Italy".

Take a look at this lesson:

IELTS Task 1 Comparative Structures

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