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I am not a member of that club, as many think, nor even nearly related to it.

How should I understand the phrase 'as many think'? It delivers the meaning that many people think that I belong to the club, or that I don't belong to it?

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  • "...as many (people) (may) think..." is the full phrase, if this helps. Mar 30, 2017 at 8:54

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The writer is stating that s/he is not a member of a club. In fact, they are not "even nearly related to it." However, by adding "as many think," the writer means, as you guessed, that many other think the writer is a member of the club.

With this sentence, the writer is disavowing any connection to the club, while acknowledging that this disavowal is unexpected.

It delivers the meaning that many people think that I belong to the club, or that I don't belong to it?

TL;DR: Yes, and yes. This sentence says both.

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