Hello to all of you, and best wishes for the New Year I have been pondering on the distinction betweent the above, and I would like to know if there is a rule that explains why we can say: There were a lot more people than expected The exercise proved to be much more difficult than we had first thought. The novel was far more interesting than the film. The essay was much too theoretical. But not (or maybe we can, but I personally don't feel at ease with them - the point is to dispel doubts and mistakes ) There were many more people than expected. Surprisingly, the turnout was high: many more voters turned up in the end. We couldn't go because there was much too much* snow. He left the room because there were far too many smokers (many too many smokers*). I hope I have not confused foreros too much, but I am myself suddenly confused among all of these, for some obscure reason. If some enlightened minds could help me out of this maze, I would be utterly grateful.