In the following clause of result, would it be possible to use 'too much tired' in place of 'much too tired'?

She is much too tired to go out.

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  • What does your research tell you? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 28 '18 at 17:53
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    @JanusBahsJacquet: I can't easily think of a context where the "less common" word order works with too much tired, but it's fine with other "adjectival past tense" forms such as he is too much admired not to have imitators. I think the precise "semantics" come into play when deciding which versions work, and which ones don't. But I wouldn't know how to define the distinction. – FumbleFingers Dec 28 '18 at 18:13
  • @FumbleFingers Is that really fine, though? As 19th-century English, yes; but in current-day English? It is definitely ungrammatical in my English. “He is (much) too admired not to have imitators” is how I’d have to phrase it. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 28 '18 at 21:53
  • 'Much' intensifies the phrase 'too tired', implying that she is really exhausted. This doesn't work if you put 'much' after 'too'. – Kate Bunting Dec 29 '18 at 9:29
  • However, I don't agree with @JanusBahsJacquet that 'too much admired' is ungrammatical in present-day English. Some phrases describing how people in general feel about an individual, like 'much loved', 'much scorned', surely form an inseparable unit. – Kate Bunting Dec 29 '18 at 9:46