as much as I would (like/love) to


1. express regret that you can't participate in sth






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as much as I would like to, I can't

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'As much as I would love to' often precedes a polite rejection of an offer: "As much as I would love to, I won't make it to dinner on Wednesday." It is a polite way of expressing regret due to not being available or being able to participate in a friend or collegues plans. Depending on the intonation used it can also be a sarcastic way of rejecting something you've no interest in. You will hear this used more in social situations or in relation to social plans.

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  1. As much as I'd love to go to the cinema, I'm really busy tonight. Sorry.
  2. As much as I would like to go to the football game, I have to help my friend move. You'll have to go without me.
  3. (Sarcasm) Well, as much I'd love to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane, I think I'll give it a miss!

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  1. As much as I would love to let you all go home early, we're just too busy. You'll have to work right through until the end of the day.
  2. As much as I would love to increase your salary I'm not in a position to review it until much later in the year.

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