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I learned from lots of sources dealing with grammar that many + comparative + plural verb. But I found recently much greater quantities, and I have never come across many greater quantities.

Pleas tell me why much greater quantities is grammatically correct.

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Here much is related to greater and not to quantities. You can use much before the adjective or adverb in the comparative or superlative form.

You can check it here.

Easy to understand example:

  1. I have seen much bigger elephants! (They were three times bigger than these ones).

  2. I have seen many bigger elephants! (They were a bit bigger, but there were a lot of elephants).

You can easily replace many that is related to noun with a lot of.

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  • How about 'many fewer balls'?
    – user121695
    Dec 16, 2020 at 14:45
  • You can replace many that is related to noun with a lot of, so your example will be a lot of fewer balls. @user121695 Dec 16, 2020 at 14:50

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