so I've heard the expression "it sounds more natural" in many English podcasts but as everyone knows "natural" is an uncountable adjective, therefore "much" should be preceded before the adjective. I cannot really figure it out why is this happening in English?


More is an intensifier here. With shorter adjectives you would say or write:

brighter, taller, sweeter


funnier, shinier, lovelier.

but with longer adjectives/adverbs/ prefer:

more natural, less infrequently, more respected, better qualified.

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    Sorry to nitpick, Hugh, but "unlikely" does have the inflected forms "unlikelier and "unlikeliest", but they are a bit of a mouthful.
    – BillJ
    Feb 13 '16 at 14:58
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    Good comment; I'll change it to infrequentlier.
    – Hugh
    Feb 13 '16 at 15:03
  • you mean like these situations happen in speaking or what ? Feb 13 '16 at 15:07
  • Written and spoken English,
    – Hugh
    Feb 13 '16 at 15:12
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    I'm not sure I've come across the 'intensifier' label being applied to 'more'. 'Much' when used before a comparative adjective (much faster, much more comfortable) or adverb (much faster, much more quickly) is a secondary or degree modifier. CGEL [2002] [6.3.2] distinguishes between what the authors label the superlative marker (this is the most useful type of hoe) and the intensifying (this is a most useful tool) uses of 'most', so 'more' here would be the 'comparative marker'. Feb 13 '16 at 17:14

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