For the phrase "distribute as evenly as possible", can we use a simpler one, something like "distribute evenly possible" or "distribute possibly evenly". I know they are wrong, but I can't figure out the right one

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    Maybe it is just me, but I would think that "distribute evenly" already sort-of could mean "distribute approximately equally". You could also consider "distribute optimally" or even "distribute fairly" (depending on the context). – We oath to creation Feb 13 '19 at 6:32
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    ... distribute uniformly. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 13 '19 at 14:09

Distribute as evenly as possible means "distribute as evenly as (is) possible", in other words, as evenly as one can. It is a comparative construction. The commanded distribution is to be compared with a distribution evincing the greatest evenness that can be.

"evenly possible" makes no sense as possibility is neither even nor uneven, regular or irregular.


Jump as far as possible.

Jump far possible ungrammatical

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  • Actually, "possible" is printed on the sidewalk in front of you, twice. You are to jump over the farthest one. – Hot Licks Mar 16 '19 at 0:38
  • "regular nor irregular"? – Joachim Mar 9 at 15:57
  • @Joachim: Repeating nor there with the second pair of adjectives is more formal but not more grammatical than switching to or, which is a form of ellipsis: "it is neither even nor uneven, [nor is it] regular or irregular". – Tim Mar 10 at 16:48
  • @Tim Oh right, thank you for that insight :) – Joachim Mar 10 at 17:47

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