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Much as I admire him,I can't excuse his faults.
Much as I like butter,I never eat much at a time.
A:Jane,I was wondering if you had any plans for Saturday afternoon?
B:A friend and I are planning to go out.Why?What's up?
A:There's a special exhibition of French Sculptures at the museum.I was hoping you'd like to come with me.
B:I'm afraid I can't.I'm going to be out all day.
A:What about Sunday?
B:I wish I could,but it's my mom's birthday.
A:Maybe next week?
B:Much as I'd like to,I'm afraid I won't be free next week.I have a lot of work.
A:Sorry to hear that.I was really looking forward to spending some more time with you.I really enjoyed our last chat.
B:I'm really sorry,too.Maybe I can give you a call sometime.