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Is it correct to use "as much as" at the start of the sentence?
For example:

As much as I like cricket, I like football.

Is it correct?

I didn't find any reference which suggest to use it that way, but only as a conjunction as in this sentence:

I like football as much as I like cricket

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    What are you trying to convey? If you want to say you like both but like football more, the phrase might be "As much as I like cricket, I like football (even) more."
    – user39720
    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:18
  • @dingo_dan i basically want to convey I like them both equally.
    – Ankit
    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:19

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No, it is incorrect.

"As much as" in the beginning of a sentence is used to qualify what you do like/dislike about the statement that comes after, i.e. the first part will be A and the second part will qualify/quantify something in conflict with A

As much as I like cricket, I dislike the waiting between innings

As much as I am afraid of spiders, I love nature

Your second sentence is a correct comparison denoting you like both equally well

I like football as much as I like cricket


UPDATE

The As may be optional, more so in British English

BR

than US

US

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  • so in first usage, should both the statement be opposite in nature?(agree/disagree kind)
    – Ankit
    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:21
  • mplungian illustrates the different sub-classes available well: As much as I like X, I'm not keen on the X1 part of it. / As much as I like X, I'm not keen on the Y that goes with it. // As much as I dislike X1, I love X in general. / As much as I dislike X1, I love X2. Jan 30, 2014 at 9:12
  • To mplungjan: Thanks for the trouble of showing the N-grams of as much as and much as here.
    – rogermue
    Jan 30, 2014 at 9:58
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Just to add a remark to mplungjan's post.

The restrictive conjunction "as much as + clause" at the beginning of a sentence is often shortened to " Much as" - Much as I like my little sister she can sometimes be a pest.

I think this is used in British English whereas in American novels you can find "as much as". But I have not verified this.

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