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    Is it acceptable to say "You can't imagine how much tired I am" instead of "You can't imagine how tired I am"?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Nov-2013 at 22:23. Reason: Correcting capitalisation.

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    No.

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    "How much" goes before nouns". It doesn't work before adjectives.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    ...except in a sentence like 'How much hot milk do you want?'

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ...except in a sentence like 'How much hot milk do you want?'
    Indeed!

    It doesn't work before an adjective on its own, when the adjective does not precede a noun.
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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Indeed!

    It doesn't work before an adjective on its own, when the adjective does not precede a noun.
    True.

    Even in cases where 'much' can, if formally, be used as an intensifier (e.g. I was much surprised to learn...) we still wouldn't ask *how much surprised?.

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    Quote Originally Posted by panglossa View Post
    True.

    Even in cases where 'much' can, if formally, be used as an intensifier (e.g. I was much surprised to learn...) we still wouldn't ask *how much surprised?.
    You don't hear "much surprised" very often in BrE these days.
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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    There are 5 BNC citations for 'much surprised, 147 for 'very surprised'.

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    What about "How much more tired were you after the game"?

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    Default Re: how (much) tired

    That sounds OK to me.

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