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Is the phrase "as much they could" correct? For instance,

The spectators had to endure the heat as much they could.

  • All I can say is that it looks rather like what I recall of the Somerset (the U.K. county) dialect. For example, in that dialect ‘they’ is used where ‘standard (British) English would have ‘those’. And the omission of ‘as’ also reminds me of that dialect. – Tuffy Feb 6 at 0:12
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    Please cite the source. – Kris Feb 6 at 7:39

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