• which don't describe an action so much as describe a state of being
  • which don't so much describe an action as describe a state of being

Are both constructions grammatically correct? I have no clue.

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    Point out any grammar book that catalogs the different varieties of so/as much .. as .. construction. What kind of research is there to do? – John Lawler Sep 27 '15 at 22:20
  • Certainly not a horrible question. But certainly the most horrible title ever. – RegDwigнt Sep 28 '15 at 11:44

Both are correct, but "describe a" becomes redundant in the second part of the phrase (in both) because you've already stated that the verb is describing, regardless of whether it's an action or a state of being.

It would be better written as "which don't so much describe an action as a state of being", etc.


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