0

For example:

Governs should increase as much of the expenditure on public services as possible.

Would it be correct?

  • 1
    That quoted text does not make sense to me. What is "governs" in this example? Is: 'Government should direct as much of the expenditure as possible on public services.' what you are trying to express? – Davo Apr 4 '17 at 18:15
  • 1
    Are you asking if you can put something in between the "as much" and the "as possible"? You should try to clarify what you are really asking about. – J.R. Apr 4 '17 at 18:51
  • Yes ..I mean that .. If i can put someting in between the "as much" and the "as possible" when I'm writing an essay ? – Maryprincess55321 Apr 4 '17 at 20:38
  • Governs is not a noun. You probably mean government, but I suppose you might mean governments. – TonyK Apr 4 '17 at 23:48
0

I guess you mean "governments". Anyway, when you write:

Governments should increase as much of the expenditure on public services as possible.

much refers to some quantity of the expenditures. However in

Governments should increase (the expenditures on public services) as much as possible.

much refers to the possibility/chances of increases happening, but not the amount of such expenditures. To make this clearer, you could rephrase it:

Governments should increase as much as possible (the expenditures on public services).

I would avoid splitting up "as much as possible" without a specific reason, as it will be more difficult to understand correctly, especially in speech.

0

(Replacing governs, a verb, by governments, a noun)

To me, the most natural way of saying this would be:

  1. Governments should increase expenditure on public services as much as possible.

Even though there is a very slight ambiguity there in whether "much" is referring to the "expenditure" or the "likelihood of the increase", I do not find the other options quite as natural. Especially if you write it this way:

  1. Governments should increase as much of the expenditure on public services as possible.

it seems to imply a very specific reference to a percentage or fractional increase ('as much of the expenditure'), while statement 1 is more flexible with what kind of a change it is. Mathematically, the two differ, and thus I would prefer/suggest 1. Compared to 2, I could see this statement working better:

  1. Governments should increase as much expenditure on public services as possible.

but it may sound better or worse than 1 to different people. I guess you could go with 1 or 3. Statement 2 is grammatically correct, but mathematically may not mean what you want it to say. Of course, if that is what you had in mind, though, then 2 (your original statement) works best.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.