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I read an article on ThinkProgress. Its heading is:

The Republicans’ Sneaky Plan To Make It Much Easier To Pass Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich

I know the term 'easier' that means 'more easy'. I know the 'easiest', which is a superlative form of 'easy'. But, "much easier" confuses me.

Which kind of usage is this?

  • 'Much easier' is a very common use; or you want to convey something else? – Maulik V Jan 9 '15 at 5:58
  • @MaulikV I am confused with the usage of "much" with countable things also, is "much easy" possible? – Rucheer M Jan 9 '15 at 6:01
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Much simply indicates that it is not a little bit easier, but a lot. That doesn't mean it has to be the easiest.

1 billion dollars is much more than I have, but is is not the most money anyone can have.

A mouse is larger than an ant, a rat is a bit larger than a mouse, but an elephant is much larger than a rat. Yet, an elephant is not the largest animal that exists.

So something can be easier than something else; it can be only a bit easier, meaning it is almost as difficult, or it can be much easier, meaning that the difference in easiness is quite large. Still it may not be the easiest!


You asked about much easy in your comments: that is not possible.

We use very with standard adjectives:

He is very fast.
The book is very boring.

We use much with comparatives:

The other guy is much faster.
The the telephone guide is much more boring than that book.

With the superlative we normally don't use any amplification (superlative means it is the maximum already!) but in some cases, people do use very with superlatives:

Send me the very best developer you have!

  • Can you rewrite the answer? Please see my comment. – Rucheer M Jan 9 '15 at 6:02
  • @RuchirM Rewriting it seems a bit much, if it helps I can add something. But I am not sure what you mean with countable things. Easy is not a noun, it is not countable. Much easy is certainly not correct, that would be very easy. What exactly is your extra question? – oerkelens Jan 9 '15 at 7:52
  • I was getting confused with countable (facts here) and 'much', and I wondered if 'much easier' is possible, why not 'much easy'? I know more easy is not good to write, instead we write easier. – Rucheer M Jan 9 '15 at 9:03
  • I am still confused where you found anything countable. What facts are you talking about? There are no facts mentioned anywhere on this complete page except in your comment. Can you please specify in what way (you think) countable has anything to do with your question? – oerkelens Jan 9 '15 at 9:08
  • I made a mistake. I thought 'tax cuts' is what 'much easier' is applied to. I was confused 'much' applying to 'easier' or 'tax cut!' It's clear from your answer anyway. And, what about 'much easy'? Why isn't it possible? – Rucheer M Jan 9 '15 at 9:10

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