I have come across this use of "as interesting as" the meaning of which I am not sure about. The context is that I sent emails to several drainlayers explaining a one-off job that I would like to get done and asking if they would be interested to take it. One of them replied he is not interested in this way:
Thanks for the offer Eugene but I will have to turn down the offer, as interesting as it would be to do.
I have two ideas what that "as interesting as" might mean but not too sure either way:
- althought it would be interesting to do the job you offered, I have to decline
- the job is not interesting therefore I have to decline
Can someone please enlighten me on the subject?