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VicNicSor

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Russian
When someone says something like: "Oh, I can't take much more of this.", does that mean they can take some more of this, but not much more? Thank you.
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    In reality probably yes, but in sentiment, no. I might say it if I really didn't want to take any more of it, but, being human, I probably would take a little more.
     

    VicNicSor

    Banned
    Russian
    In reality probably yes, but in sentiment, no. I might say it if I really didn't want to take any more of it, but, being human, I probably would take a little more.
    What if just omit the "much": "I can't take more of this." Would that sound idiomatic too?:)
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    Much less so, although grammatically correct. The two common ones aere
    "I can't take any more of this" = (gets up and leaves)
    "I can't take much more of this" = (I will get and leave very soon)
     
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