Is the use of "as" correct in the below example sentences?

Sentence 1: There have came as many people to the speech as Trump's popularity had risen up.

Sentence 2: But I was worried as much as the number of the people supporting Trump increased.

Sentence 3: After Brexit, people around the world seem to have become wanting nationalism as much/more as the global economy has shrunk.

I wonder about the ways to express the degree or amount of the event mentioned in the first clause is in relation with the degree of something mentioned in the second clause.

Thank you.

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None of your sentences is a grammatically correct use of the "as ... as" structure. This structure is used to mean "up to a certain degree" or "as X as possible":

It is as large as we can make it.

She gathered as many flowers as she could find.

As many as three thousand people showed up to the rally.

In your examples you seem to want to express a correlation between two things, "As A goes up, B goes up." In this case a single as is sufficient:

The number of people coming to see Trump speak has increased as his popularity has risen.

But I became more worried as the number of the people supporting Trump increased.

After Brexit, people around the world seem to have increasingly wanted nationalism as the global economy has shrunk.

  • Andrew, I deeply thank you for your answer. <- Should I say "the answer" instead of "your answer"? Anyways, your answer is so helpful. Nov 11, 2016 at 7:45
  • @SmartHumanism thank you. It is my answer, so "your answer" or "this answer" is correct. "The answer" would not be correct, although the reason may not be intuitive. To a native speaker "the answer" implies there is only one correct answer, and this is it. For example a teacher might ask, "Does anyone know the answer to this math problem?" because there is only one correct answer. But saying this or your answer is not restrictive -- there may be other answers.
    – Andrew
    Nov 11, 2016 at 7:57
  • Thank you for the explanation. <- Then how about this "the explanation"? Also should this be corrected into "this explanation"? Nov 12, 2016 at 7:19
  • Good question. Oddly enough "the explanation" works fine. I think we should ask this as another question since it's kind of weird that "the" works with one noun but not another, similar noun, and I don't really know why.
    – Andrew
    Nov 12, 2016 at 14:51
  • Thank you so much for these continuous kind answers! Have a nice day! Nov 14, 2016 at 16:57

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