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HI, Ahmed,

@Ahmed.A.A posted:

Hi, Swan said, ''When 'more' modifies a plural noun, it is modified by 'many' instead of 'much'.''

Yet, Swan had mentioned, in the same page, the following sentence too:

''There are much nicer shops.''

Why did he use ''much'' before the plural noun ''shops''? Mustn't it be ''many''?

'Much' here precedes the comparative adjective 'nicer', not the noun 'shops'. A similar example is:

- I have to work much longer hours these days.

Last edited by ahmed_btm
@Ahmed.A.A posted:

1-"He has much more friends than me.'' (incorrect)

2-''There are much more intelligent students in Class A than Class B.'' (incorrect)

You are right about (1) being incorrect.

(2) can be correct if "much" modifies the comparative adjective "more intelligent": there are students in class A who are much more intelligent than those in class B.

Now, if you want to refer to the number of students who are intelligent, you have to use "many more." In this case, "many" modifies the comparative quantifier "more."

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

Ahmed, please read the thread carefully. David only said that "there are much nicer shops" is correct, and as a result so is "there are much more wonderful shops."

The point is that, when "more" is used, it can form the comparative of long adjectives like "wonderful," or be a quantifier, meaning higher in number. In the former case, it will take "much" as an intensifier, and in the latter, it will take "many" as an intensifier:

- There are much more wonderful shops = There are shops that are much (far) more wonderful.

- There are many more wonderful shops = There are many more shops that are wonderful.

@Ahmed.A.A posted:

Thanks Gustavo, then, are the following sentences correct:

1-''There are many nicer shops.''

2-"There are a few nicer shops.''

Yes, they are correct. (1) means: There are many shops that are nicer. (2) means: There are a few shops that are nicer.

"There are much nicer shops" is also correct and means: There are shops that are much nicer.

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