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Is saying much more grammatically correct? For instance, some purists argue that this is wrong:

I'm much more comfortable with A than B

and that it should be:

I'm more comfortable with A than B

or, to emphasize:

I'm a lot more comfortable with A than B

Much more does sound colloquial but I've seen it used in newspapers and articles so I was curious.

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More is the comparative of much. – kiamlaluno Feb 23 '11 at 15:09
btw, that should probably be "with A than with B" – wchargin Aug 8 '13 at 22:51
My parents bought me up to believe "much more" was bad grammar. – user54195 Oct 15 '13 at 16:25
up vote 11 down vote accepted

Much more is perfectly grammatical, and in fact much more popular than a lot more, according to both the British National Corpus and the Corpus of Contemporary American English:

                         BNC   COCA

much more               8024  29549
a lot more              1209   9954 
much more comfortable     28    203
a lot more comfortable    12     72
much more expensive       47    186
a lot more expensive      13     47

Much more comfortable is more popular in all contexts, from spoken to academic. In fact, in academic contexts it is preferred by a significantly larger margin than in speech:


much more comfortable    0.65     0.26     0.73      0.51       0.22
a lot more comfortable   0.33     0.06     0.21      0.22       0.02 

(Average number of occurrences per million words.)

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I would always consider "a lot" to be informal, while "much more" is normal in all registers. – Colin Fine Feb 23 '11 at 17:54

Personally I am much more inclined to use this much more of the time, than any other colloquial phrase that has much less importance.

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I'd say it's fine. There may be some words where adding much is not correct but I can't think of them. (I'm thinking of overspecifications like more unique, but applying to the adverb.)

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Again and again is in usage like much more. The sense differs when only one adjective is used.

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