Please, help me. I am so confused with my English task.

Very few books are read ___ Harry Potter by children.
a) as much as
b) more than
c) the most


Very few channels are watched by children ____ the Cartoon Channel.
a) as much as
b) more than
c) the most

I can't decide if it's 'as much as' or 'more than'. I would like some advice. What do you think?

  • I think you need a basic review of much, more and most as adverbial comparisons here and they are all different. – Lambie Apr 5 '18 at 20:45
  • I think you need to start reading better tests. Those are atrocious. – Hot Licks Jun 4 '18 at 22:30

Very [few books] are read ___ [Harry Potter]; by children

The logical choice, in my opinion would be to use b) more than, than a) as much as.

My reasoning for this is that more is the irregular comparative of the base adjective much and since the base adjective few is already used, another base adjective can’t be used in the same sentence:

Very few books are read as much as Harry Potter; by children.

Therefore, since it is a comparative sentence, it would make much more sense if it was:

Very few books are read more than Harry Potter by children.

Very few channels are watched by children more than the Cartoon Channel.

While the latter sentence, does sound odd, so does [as much as/the most the Cartoon Channel]. But I could be wrong, this is just my take on this.

Source: https://www.ef.co.uk/english-resources/english-grammar/comparative-and-superlative/

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  • Very few books are read by children as much as the Harry Potter books. – Lambie Apr 5 '18 at 20:46
  • @Lambie I know it makes semantic sense, but grammar wise, I was suggesting why it could be an issue. So am I wrong? – aesking Apr 5 '18 at 20:49
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    Yes, the issue is that read by children needs to stay together. Very few books are read by children more than Harry Potter [books]. Gosh, it can make one's head spin. :) – Lambie Apr 5 '18 at 21:35
  • @Lambie Oh I was just using what the OP gave, from what looks like an exam question. :) Why would it be worded wrong? And I don't see the problem with having by children at the end, though one can question its importance in the sentence as it looks more like a subordinate clause) – aesking Apr 5 '18 at 21:37
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    Aha, good, yes. Call me a dodo. :) I hate answering questions from tests. So unfair. :) – Lambie Apr 5 '18 at 21:39

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