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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
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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.

Compare:

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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