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08 Aug 2007, 14:25
The Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn lost as many as 40 percent of its trees, according to Commissioner Joe Bruno of the city Office of Emergency Management.

is this sentence correct? this is from cnn.com

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08 Aug 2007, 16:21
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bmwhype2 wrote:
The Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn lost as many as 40 percent of its trees, according to Commissioner Joe Bruno of the city Office of Emergency Management.

is this sentence correct? this is from cnn.com

"as many as" is used for countable nouns.

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08 Aug 2007, 20:16
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bmwhype2 wrote:
The Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn lost as many as 40 percent of its trees, according to Commissioner Joe Bruno of the city Office of Emergency Management.

is this sentence correct? this is from cnn.com

Wow...now gmatters now correcting cnn.com..its funny though ..i keep talking to my project manager and other business counterparts and keep thinking ..man these guys are so grammatically wrong...
anyway ... i guess yes ...we should use "as many as" only with countable nouns...

Here is brief tutorial on this one

To show no difference:
as much as , as many as, as few as, as little as

as many as / as few as + countable nouns
as much as / as little as + uncountable nouns

Examples:
With countable nouns:

They have as many children as us.
We have as many customers as them.
Tom has as few books as Jane.
There are as few houses in his village as in mine.
You know as many people as I do.
I have visited the States as many times as he has.

With uncountable nouns:

John eats as much food as Peter.
Jim has as little food as Sam.
You've heard as much news as I have.
He's had as much success as his brother has.
They've got as little water as we have.

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09 Aug 2007, 08:29
my question is not really whether it is as many as vs as much as. i'd like to know is it modifying 40 percent or its trees

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09 Aug 2007, 08:36
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bmwhype2 wrote:
The Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn lost as many as 40 percent of its trees, according to Commissioner Joe Bruno of the city Office of Emergency Management.

is this sentence correct? this is from cnn.com

40% of its trees would evaluate to a (countable) number and hence the sentence is correct.

I have misplaced as many as 80% of my cd's

whereas we would say...

I have misplaced as much as 80% of the collection of my cd's

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09 Aug 2007, 08:39
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09 Aug 2007, 08:42
bmwhype2 wrote:

It will be "as much as 80% of pollution".

"pollution" is uncountable.

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09 Aug 2007, 09:07
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b14kumar wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:

It will be "as much as 80% of pollution".

"pollution" is uncountable.

- Brajesh

ok, so its not modifying the percentage itself. thanks

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