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I just got out of a photo studio to get some pictures for my passport and I told the photographer "Do you have a ten, I am trying to collect as many ten." It sounded more natural to end with "ten" than with "as possible", but on second thought I don't think this is even correct in informal speech. What's your opinion on this?

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    What do you mean by "a ten"? Are you collecting ten-dollar bills?
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 23:38
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    You can also say "I'm trying to collect tens." When you're collecting things, it's understood that you want as many as possible.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 23:39

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No, that sentence is not grammatical. You should have said "Do you have a ten? I am trying to collect as many tens as possible." When you use the phrase "as X ..." you have to have something to compare it to, so it's "as X as Y".

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  • See this explanation of similes, which is what this type of construction is called: phrases.org.uk/meanings/similes.html
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 18:13
  • And note that you need to use the plural, "tens". You can't use "many" with a singular noun.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 18:44

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