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    "even bigger and much bigger"


    16 "Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.
    More: Matthew 9

    "New York is much bigger than Boston."
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    even

    • (intensifier; used with comparative forms) ⇒ this is even better

    Definition of even | Collins English Dictionary
    much


    • considerably ⇒ they're much better now

    Definition of much | Collins English Dictionary

    Are the words even and much interchangeable in the above statements? I ask this question since this is the first time I have come across such a usage of the word even in here and I need your help. Will you help me, please?

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    Re: "even bigger and much bigger"

    No, they're not interchangeable. "Even" is an intensifier. "Much" talks about the magnitude of the change. I could add 1 mm to a 1 meter sized hole and it would be "even bigger." It would not be "much bigger."

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