I'd like to know what´s wrong in the sentence:

I didn't drink any more than the guys did, but I got so much drunker.

I believe it's the quantifier + the comparative that is wrong, but I'm not sure why. And one more thing: it's a teenage girl talking about hanging out with friends: when she says "guys", is she referring just to the boys in the group, or to the group in general (boys and girls)? Thank you!

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    I can't see anything ungrammatical about 'so much drunker'. "She's so much taller than Pam." "She's so much taller." / I think it's merely an unusual wording. 'Drunker' is unusual ('drunk' is perhaps not miles away from being ungradeable) and it's just that 'so much drunker' is highly unusual. Nov 1, 2019 at 14:06
  • "Guys" is not considered to be restricted to boys these days. Nov 1, 2019 at 20:36
  • @Cascabel Maybe I'm too old, but in the context of a comparison coming from a girl, it seems like it specifically means boys. A more neutral term like "others" would be used to avoid being specific.
    – Barmar
    Nov 1, 2019 at 22:24
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    @Barmar This observation comes from listening to 2 daughters growing up ( the oldest is 40). AmE speaker here. Nov 1, 2019 at 22:26
  • @Cascabel If she said "I'm going out with the guys", I'd interpret that as gender-neutral. But the original sentence is a comparison, and I believe women tend to be more affected by alcohol than men (because they tend to have less body mass). So it suggests a male-vs-female distinction is being made.
    – Barmar
    Nov 1, 2019 at 22:32

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It isn't technically grammatically incorrect, but it is a little bit of an unusual way of phrasing it, which is probably why it sounds just a little 'off'. I believe the more common way to phrase it would be:

I got so much more drunk.

Again, though, it is still a proper way to say it. It's just not as common.

There are some cases where this type of phrasing would not be correct, as in the following example: "I think my friend is more beautiful than me." Here, one could not substitute "more beautiful" with "beautifuller", as this is not a word.

To address your second question: In this particular sentence, it seems she is referring to her male friends. An example of a gender neutral use of the term "guys" would be: "Hey, you guys! Come over here!"

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