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Much different

Since returning to the US, the phrase “much different” has come to my attention by grating on my ear. The way I see it, different is not a comparative adjective like “better” or “taller” and you can’t use “much.” “Really” and “very” only. Comments?

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extremely apt point

degustibus December 6, 2005 @ 2:03AM

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I think it only works in the negative.

It doesn't seem much different.
X It does seem much different.

But I wouldn't use it in an essay.

jon December 7, 2005 @ 1:50AM

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