You are as like him as I am like Sarah.

You are as much like him as I am like Sarah.

What is the difference in meaning?

  • Do you really require the first as? You are like him as I'm like Sarah. Parse it like [You are like him] as [I'm like Sarah]. – Maulik V Mar 19 '14 at 11:36
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    To make it sound poetic, I think You are as much like him as I am like Sarah is better. Some other possibilities are You are as much like him as I to Sarah or You are no more like him than I to Sarah. – Damkerng T. Mar 19 '14 at 11:49
  • You could. You could say it both ways, whichever way you'd like to say. – Damkerng T. Mar 19 '14 at 11:55
  • @DamkerngT. Ah, that I learned here. – Maulik V Mar 19 '14 at 13:25
  • @MaulikV Yes, the first as is required. It's a correlative construction (as A as B). If A is negative, then the first as can optionally be replaced with so (not so A as B). – snailplane Mar 20 '14 at 8:10

The two have the same meaning. The 'much' is optional, and not normally put in. You could use it here to make the sentence easier to understand if you wanted to, as I had to read it a couple of times to get the meaning.

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