I know it is safe to say

"How miserable should he be?"

but I wonder I can add much/more/e.t.c in the sentece to emphasize the level of misery.

Such as

how much miserable should he be?


how much more miserable should he be?

Thank you!

  • The sentence "How miserable should he be?" is grammatically correct, but I'm not sure it means exactly what you seem to think it means. It means something like "He should be miserable. Exactly how much should he be miserable?" It's like "How big a cake should I bake?" Is that what you're trying to say?
    – stangdon
    Sep 6 '18 at 15:37
  • I wanted to ask " how much more hardships(that make him miserable) does he have to go through?" but in a short sentence.
    – MAT
    Sep 7 '18 at 2:26
  • Maybe "How much more misery should he face?" As used here, see: face: "4. verb - If you face or are faced with something difficult or unpleasant, or if it faces you, it is going to affect you and you have to deal with it." In this example, you can use much or much more to intensify.
    – user3169
    Sep 7 '18 at 6:28
  • With miserable, you can use only "How miserable" and "How much more miserable".
    – user3169
    Sep 7 '18 at 6:35

how much miserable should he be?

is not valid English.

how much more miserable should he be?

is valid and, lacking context, sounds pretty similar to the original sentence.

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