Common Errors in English: Much and More

Don’t say: “My new computer is more better than my old one.”

Say: “My new computer is better than my old one.”

Or: “My new computer is much better than my old one.”

Here are the rules for comparative adjectives:

  • 1 syllable: fast - faster
  • Words ending in Y: easy - easier
  • 2+ syllables: popular - more popular
  • IRREGULAR: good - better
  • IRREGULAR: bad - worse

“Better” is already comparative, so it is not necessary to add “more.” The word “more” is only used with comparative adjectives with 2+ syllables.

“Much” is a quantifier for the comparative – it shows if the difference between the two things is a big difference or a small difference. So if you want to say that the computer is A LOT better, you can say “much better.” Here’s another example:

Candy – $2.00
Ice cream – $2.25
Chocolate cake – $30.00

  • The ice cream is a little more expensive than the candy.
    (or “slightly more expensive,” or “a bit more expensive”)
  • The chocolate cake is much more expensive than the candy.
    (or “a lot more expensive,” “far more expensive,” or “way more expensive” – informal)

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