earn as much as fifty times more than the highest-salaried worker

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
In Japan, the heads of companies are discouraged from earning more than fourteen times the salary of their highest-paid workers. In America, in contrast, the company's chief officer can be expected to earn as much as fifty times more than the highest-salaried worker.
[Source: Reading for Results Ninth Edition by Laraine Flemming]
And the following is of my own making.
1. earn fifty times as much as their highest-salaried worker.

I'd like to know what difference of the meaning the underlined phrase has in comparison with #1.
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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    American English
    You have changed the meaning:

    Original:
    ... the company's chief officer can be expected to earn as much as fifty times more than the highest-salaried worker. (The amount can be as high as 50 times as much, but may be much lower, e.g. 20 times, or 30 times, or 40 times.)

    Yours:
    ... the company's chief officer can be expected to earn fifty times as much as the highest-salaried worker. (The amount will be 50 times as much ... period.)
     
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