Is the phrase how much ever grammatically correct?

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    Can you give a longer or another sentence? (to give more context) How is this phrase being used? – Mitch Mar 26 '11 at 13:36

I can't think of a use for "how much ever" in any unstrained construction. What I would use is "however much" (note that "however" is one word).

However much you may wish to win the lottery, your odds of actually doing so are vanishingly small.

  • In first sentence, do you mean "how ever much", or "how much ever"? Other than in your answer I don't see any refs to latter. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Apr 4 '12 at 6:34
  • @jwpat7: The original question was drastically changed months later by an overzealous editor grinding for a badge. I've rolled it back so that at least the answer makes sense. – Robusto Apr 4 '12 at 10:18