a lot/too much

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a lot/too much

Post by navi » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:07 pm

1-He pushed the cart a lot.

Would this mean:
1a-He pushed it hard.
1b-He pushed it far.
1c-He pushed it often.

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2-He pushed the cart too much.

Would this mean:
2a-He pushed it too hard.
2b-He pushed it too far.
2c-He pushed it too often.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Re: a lot/too much

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:08 am

It's hard to tell without any context, but in general I'd say the answers would usually be 1c and both 2a and 2c. (In the case of 2, the context would determine which interpretation applies.)
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Re: a lot/too much

Post by JerrySmile » Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:18 am

He pushed the cart a lot.
doesn't quite make a clear/precise sense by itself.
Meaning doesn't grow in a vacuum.

It may mean
1a-He pushed it hard.
in this context
He pushed that cart a lot: you could see his sweat pouring down his face and back.

It may mean
1b-He pushed it far.
for
He pushed that cart a lot: we met the couple of them at the outskirts of the city.

It may mean
1c-He pushed it often.
for
He pushed that cart a lot: you could see their unforgivable pair passing on Main Street every hour on the hour.

N.B. Some may prefer periods or em-dashes instead of the colons in the above.
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