Greg makes as much money as Mick but not as much as Neil.

is it prepositional phrase, noun phrase ,noun clause,gerund phrase,adverb clause ... ?

i.e. noun phrase, verb phrase, adverb phrase, adjective phrase, appositive phrase, infinite phrase, participle phrase and gerund phrase.


  • Note that "prepositional" and "noun" are parts of speech. One thing that can confuse people when they analyze sentences is mixing up parts of speech with functions of a chunk of words (technically called a constituent). If possible, try to think of what is it and what it does in the sentence separately. Dec 11, 2015 at 6:23
  • not talking about noun and preposition, but noun phrase and prepositional phrase.
    – tbp
    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:27
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    I see. Thanks for the edit! The question is a lot clearer now. Dec 11, 2015 at 6:29

3 Answers 3


It's a comparative phrase.

A simile is a figure of speech in which a thing is described by being likened to another, usually using as or like, and usually in a phrase or saying.

So it's not a simile, as it's not likening Greg to something or likening his income to anything: it's simply discussing Greg's income comparative to other people's.

"Greg was as rich as Croesus" is a simile.
"Greg was as poor as a church mouse" is a simile. "Greg's wealth was like a bathful of water - likely to be drained away at any moment" is an extended simile.


It is just a comparative statement.

Greg makes as much money as Mick but not as much as Neil.

This can be broken down to two separate statements.

  1. Greg makes as much money as Mick

Which means that Greg earns roughly the same amount of money that Mick earns.

  1. Greg doesn't make as much money as Neil does.

Which means that Neil has a higher earning when compared to Greg's income.

These two statements are just combined in the first statement.

  • it is not a statement.
    – tbp
    Dec 17, 2015 at 17:03

This phrase is an example for combined use of two prepositional phrases joined with another conditional clause to make an assumption or to extract a final meaning from those prepositional phrases.

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