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I am very confused with the following sentences and I would like to ask you all what you think.

I have as many books as you do.

This means, if you have 6 books, I have 6 books too. I get this. Then if you say,

I have one third as many books as you do.

Question 1) Does this mean, if you have 6 books, do I have 8? (=6 + 6*(1/3)) or 2?(=6 * (1/3))

How does this meaning change if I switch the many with few?

I have one third as few books as you do.

Question 2) Does this mean, if you have 6 books, do I have 4? (=6 - (6*(1/3))

Can anyone explain this to me? Also, I haven't really heard anyone say as few ~ as. Do you guys not use this at all?

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"How many books do you have?"
"I have six books."
"Well, I have one third as many."

This means that I have one third of six, or two (2) books.

This is no different than saying that you're going to eat a one-pound burger and I'm going to eat a third as much as you, or a one-third-pound burger.

Note that this addresses your question about as much. With books that are countable we say as many. But with a single unit (like a burger or a glass of water), it's only measurable, so it's as much instead.


"I have six books."
"And I have one third fewer."

This means that I have two thirds of six, or four (4) books.

And referring to the single burger, whose portions are measured but not counted, I could say that I ate one third less, or a two-third-pound burger.

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