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    #1

    a lot/much + comperative

    Do 'a lot" and 'much' mean the same when placed before the comparative? Can they be used interchangeably?
    For example:
    1. Scientists are much/a lot more important than footballers.
    2. I will have to work much/a lot harder if I want to go to a university.

    I'm confused because the key to the exercises says:
    1. Scientists are much more important than footballers.
    2. I will have to work much/a lot harder if I want to go to a university.
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    #2
    They are interchangeable in those sentences. Note the correct spelling of 'comparative'.

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    #3
    ...and it should be 'scientists'.
    (I'd like to know some reasons to support the idea.)

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    #4
    Could you give me an example of a sentence where they aren't interchangeable?

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    I can't think of one. It's just that I hesitate to say they are always interchangeable, as somebody is sure to prove me wrong.

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    #6
    I like you a lot.
    I like you much.

    Only the first is correct so they are not always interchangeable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7
    I am not a teacher.

    I don't like you a lot.
    I don't like you much.

    Only the second is correct so they are not always interchangeable in negative sentences either.

    To get back to the original question, the main difference is that "a lot" is just less formal than "much".

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    #8
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I like you a lot.
    I like you much.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I don't like you a lot.
    I don't like you much.
    But the thread is about a lot/much followed by a comparative adjective.

    How about that?

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    #9
    Sorry, skim-reading on my phone keeps getting me into trouble. I'll stop doing it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10
    Hello

    Considering emsr2d2's example and Rover_KE's reminder about this thread, if [I like you a lot] is correct and [I like you much] is not, can we say:

    [I like you a lot more than them] is correct
    but
    [I like you much more than them] is not?

    Thanks in advance!






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