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.

  • More is the comparative of much.
    – apaderno
    Feb 23, 2011 at 15:09
  • btw, that should probably be "with A than with B"
    – wchargin
    Aug 8, 2013 at 22:51
  • My parents bought me up to believe "much more" was bad grammar.
    – user54195
    Oct 15, 2013 at 16:25

4 Answers 4


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, 2011 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.


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.)


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

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