I’m wondering the meaning of “much” in the sentence 1).
- She was as much agitated as him.
- She was as agitated as him.
What is the role of “much” here? I think the two sentence basically mean the same. I’m wondering if it is just modifying “agitated”: “She was much agitated like he was.” Please let me know.
Thank you in advance,
I look at it as an adverb modifying ‘agitated’ (adjective).
- means they were both agitated to a great extent;
- simply states they were both agitated.
“She was much agitated[, just] like he was”-- I would turn it into “Like he, she was much agitated.” More concise and better English for me. Just.
Or should it be: “Like him [=similarly to], she was much agitated.”?
To me, it looks as shown in parentheses:
- She was as much agitated as him. (Signifies the extent of their agitated moods; more than normal)
- She was as agitated as him. (Signifies that both were just agitated; in the normal way)