Is it grammatically correct to write a sentence like this:

I enjoy spending my time with people who are as much sarcastic as I am.

Or the “much” should be omitted?

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    Definitely discard much. And many people would reduce as I am to just me. Commented Apr 23, 2021 at 13:47
  • I'd like to hope someone more clear-sighted than me might be able to explain exactly when you do and don't need the word much after comparative as. It might be to do with adjectives vs nouns (I'm as good as you vs I have as much money as you), but I'm not sure that's the whole story. Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 13:08
  • I'm struggling to think of a sentence where "are" and "much" would work. "...have as much" free time/money would work.
    – Jontia
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 14:09
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    @Jontia people who are as much of a beach lover as I am - the switch between plural and singular makes this very awkward. It would be more usually said people who are beach lovers like me or people who love the beach as much as I do The singular like: she is as much of a beach lover as I am would be ok though.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 14:44
  • The main issue here is that much + an adjective does not work comparatively. Not that much and are cannot be used in a sentence.....As much as I like you, you are as stubborn as a goat.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 15:21

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Comparative adjectives:

  • to be as rich as I am
  • to be as sarcastic as he is

The comparative is formed by: as....adjective .....as
Much is not needed.

  • He doesn't need this explanation as much as you do. Comparative use of much.

Notice the quirky thing here:

  • He likes music a lot. Or: a great deal. Declarative.
  • He likes music much. [BUZZER, NOT IDIOMATIC, A MISTAKE]
  • He doesn't like music much. Or: He doesn't much like music. Negative.
  • Or: He doesn't like music a lot. (also the negative forms)
  • He doesn't like music as much as you do.

as much as is a comparative adverb above. as rich as is a comparative adjective.

BUT: as much as can also be a comparative adjective:

  • He has a lot of talent. Adjective.
  • He has as much as talent as she does. Comparative adjective.
  • He has as little talent as she does. Comparative adjective.
  • Or "He doesn't like much music" - Only a few pieces of music are enjoyed.
    – Jontia
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 14:27
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    @Jontia Well, think about this: much is for quantities. He doesn't like much (a lot of) coffee (at a time). He only likes a little coffee (at a time). So, generally, if he only likes a few pieces of music, we are more apt to say: He doesn't like most music. He only likes some jazz. Also, "He doesn't like much music" would mean: He doesn't like some "quantity" of it being played at some time. L:ike during work hours, for example. "He doesn't like much music at dinner". But that is so very awkward.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 14:40

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