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# According to MGMAT SC: I have never seen an aardvark, but my

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According to MGMAT SC: I have never seen an aardvark, but my [#permalink]

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28 Jul 2011, 00:23
According to MGMAT SC: I have never seen an aardvark, but my father has. (this makes sense to me)

According to Aristole SC: I have got as many books as you do. (this also makes sense to me)

But, I am a little bit confused. With all these years of experience in spoken and written English, I can easily guess the above by heuristics. But I want to understand why in the 2nd second sentence you have is not correct? What is the grammar rule? Are the above 2 usages different, if so why?

Thanks.

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Re: Helping verb: do vs have [#permalink]

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28 Jul 2011, 05:16
In the 2nd sentence the following usage is incorrect:
I have got as many books as you have.

Reason:
Not parallel: Either you should say 'I have got as many books as you have got' or 'I have as many books as you have'.

The sentence 'I have got as many books as you do' is also correct because the phrases 'you do' and 'you are' take on the form of the referring subject. For example, 'I am as accomplished in painting as you are' transliterates to 'I am as accomplished in painting as you are accomplished in painting'.

The best way? Brief and concise: 'I have as many books as you do'.

Remember:
(1) 'Have got' may be a redundancy in SC - unless it corresponds to a parallel phrase later in the sentence.
(2) 'you do' and 'you are' take on the form of the referring subject.
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