why autant que when "chante" is a verb?

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John

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25 September 2018

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why autant que when "chante" is a verb?

Why is "autant que" use with the verb action of "chante," when "aussi que" is used with the verb action of "nage" in a different example?  Both are verbs.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Making comparisons with verbs: plus que, autant que, moins que"

Chris

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25 September 2018

25/09/18

Please post the two sentences under question.

John

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25 September 2018

25/09/18

Je chante aussi bien que ma tante

Ils voyagent autant que nous. (Different example)

John

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25 September 2018

25/09/18

And here is « nage » example I keep getting wrong on test because I think it should be aussi:

Oui, elle nage autant que Laure. Mireille swims a lot. -Yes, she swims as much as Laure.nage autant que

Chris

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26 September 2018

26/09/18

Ah, I see! The rule is: use aussi with adjectives and adverbs and autant with verbs.

Je chante aussi bien que ma tante. -- I sing as well as my aunt.
Je chante autant que ma tante. -- I sing as much as my aunt.

In the first sentence the focus is on how well I sing in comparison to my aunt. The second sentence is about how much I sing. Same in your second example:

Oui, elle nage autant que Laure.  -- Yes, she swims as much as Laure.
Oui, elle nage aussi vite que Laure. -- Yes, she swims as fast as Laure.

I hope this helps a bit.

John

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26 September 2018

26/09/18

That helps!  Thanks Chris!

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