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I was wondering how sentences should be formed when comparing things/actions using "as much as".

In this example,I am comparing "eating food" and "drinking water". But I am not sure which one I can use to express that I eat food and drink water equally.

1.I eat food as much as I drink water 
2. I eat as much food as I drink water.

In this example, both sentences have the same noun "Football". Only the actions are different. Therefore, I was wondering if both sentences are grammatically correct and have the same meaning .

1.I don't play as much football as I watch it
2. I don't play football as much as I watch it.

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  • It's not at all clear if you are talking about the frequency of your consumption or the quantity of your consumption. – Jason Bassford Sep 11 '18 at 19:55
  • I want to express that I eat food and drink water equally in terms of quantity. – rag Sep 11 '18 at 22:44
  • In that case, it's the second version that you want. – Jason Bassford Sep 12 '18 at 0:12
  • Are both sentences grammatically correct though? Because I thought the second version was wrong because I wasn't comparing both actions in terms of food. So can I say that if I put the noun before "as much as" that will mean that I am talking about the frequency? – rag Sep 12 '18 at 9:39
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    It's fine.*I eat (as much) food (as) I drink water.* It's talking about the quantity eaten and drunk. It's the first sentence I eat food (as much as) that is describing frequency. If you wan to be avoid all possible confusion, you could say, I eat a quantity of food equal to the amount of water I drink. – Jason Bassford Sep 12 '18 at 14:05