Q. Miranda's speech ranged over (A)many topics, but (B)its predominant subject (C)was the need for (D)much more vending machines in the student lounge.
The above exercise is which of the choices are NOT correct gramatically?
I have chosen "B", but OA was "D" because, according to the explanation of OA, "much" cannot be connected a countable noun, or plural noun "machines" mentioned. However, I think that "much" is connected with not "machines" but "more", and "much" can modify the comparative degree "more".
Am I wrong? What do you say of that?
But I'll add a response to your specific question:
Wow, that's sort of interesting, because I have been taught that "much" can modify the comparative degree 'more', etc, but I have never heard that "much" is influenced by the noun that follow the comparative degree.
Thanks for your explanations!
Yes, if you're in a restauarant and the waiter is putting pepper on your salad, you can say "more... much more..." in the way you're thinking. But when these modify a countable noun, as the gentlemen say, we use many or fewer rather than more or less.