a lot better or much better?

a lot better or much better? 

which one right?

Just Googled for a while. It seems that 'much' can be a modifier while 'a lot' cannot.

For the quiz, 
He speaks ____ better than Mary . 
A.a lot      B.much

You have to choose A, rather than B. 

However, when there is no 'then', it seems that 'a lot better' is common.



Mary sings much better than Helen.
Her handwriting is much better than mine.

a lot better: 

I feel a lot better, thanks for asking.
"We can use a lot better science," he said."
I could have done a lot better.

If I am wrong, please leave a message and correct me. Thanks. 

About the date

Writing date
About date, there are there different writing ways. Except British English and American English, another one is written entirely in figures. The examples are as follows.
2 July 2006 (BrE)-----2.7.06
July 2, 2006(AmE)-----7.2.06

Speaking date
20 April 1981=" April the twentieth, nineteen eighty-one"( AmE also" April twentieth…")or "the twentieth of April, nineteen eighty-one"
1300=" thirteen hundred"
1508="fifteen  hundred and eight" or "fifteen O eight"
1678="sixteen(hundred and) seventy-eight"
1810="eighteen (hundred and) ten"
2000="two thousand"
2008="two thousand and eight"

BC and AD
BC= Before Christ, AD=Anno Domini-Latin for "in the year of the Lord". BC follows the date; AD can come before or after it.
   55BC, or AD 55/ 55AD

as…as and as much/many as

as…as is used to say things are equal in some way. It also has another variant structures.
1. negative structure. After not, we can use so…as instead of as…as.
   She's not as/so kind as he is.
2. as…as+ adj/adv
   You are as beautiful as ever. Please come back as soon as possible.
3. as much/many…as  to talk about quantity.
  We need as much food as possible.
  I ate as much as I could.(without following nouns)
4. as much as 80kg means the large amount/quantity, or as little as 80kg means the small amount/quantity.
  Some of these pigs can weight as much as 300kg.
5. half/twice/three times+as…as
  It took twice as long as I expected.
6. (not) nearly, almost, just, nothing like, every bit,exactly, not quite +as …as
  He's not quite as tired as I was yesterday.

Also some tips we need to pay attention.
1. pronouns after as.
   She doesn't speak English as well as me.(informal style: we can use object pronouns)
   She doesn't speak English as well as I do.(formal style: we prefer subject +verb)
2. when is used with two infinitives, the second is often without to.
    It's as easy to do it right as (to) do it wrong.
3. In as…as-clauses, a present tense is often used to refer to the future, and a past tense can have a conditional meaning.
   I'll get there as soon as you do.

most common comparison structure

We can use various words and structures for comparing. Usually there are three types, 1) similarity and identity, 2) equality, 3) inequality.
1) similarity and identity. If we want to say things are similar, we can use as, like, so/neither do I, or too, also and as well. To say things that are identical, we can use the same (as).
  Tom likes swimming, and so do I.
  His books are just the same pages as mine.
2) equality. as(much/many)…as: things are equal in a particular way.
  He has as much money as his brother.
3) inequality. We can use comparative adjectives and adverbs, more /less+adj/adv, or superlative. In some informal usage, we more often use not so …as or not as…as.
 The baby's less ugly than you.
 The baby's not so ugly as you.

"used to do" and "be used to doing"

 1."used to do" talks about habits in past time which are now finished. However, "be used to doing" shows the feeling of familiar with the thing you are talking about; he or she has experienced it so much that it is no longer strange or new, and the tense is depended on "be". For example,
I didn't use to take care of dogs.(=Once I didn't take care of dogs, but now I do)
I  wasn't used to taking care of dogs.(=Taking care of dogs was a new and difficult experience-I hadn't done it before)

2. "used to do" only has past tense, and no present, perfect forms. To talk about present habits and states, ususlly just use the simple present tense.
He drives a big car.( Not He uses to drive a big car.)

3. Questions and negatives. Usually people use did…used instead of did …use.
What did you use(d) to do in the weekend?
I didn't use(d) to live in a house. or I usedn't to live in a house.
But the most common negative is never used
I never used to live in a house. 
I used to not live in a house.
You used not to like her, did you?(Not …used you?) 

4. Get and become can be used before "be used to doing".
I will get used to living in a house.
Little by little, she became used to her new job.    

Seven Matters Will Unconsciously Make You Old

Seven Matters Will Unconsciously Make You Old

Obviously, getting enough sleep is always a good thing. But that pillowcase of yours is a different story. Experts say it can take moisture away from your body which, in turn, can age skin. What's worse, your pillowcase also can leave wrinkles and fine lines on your face. To fight the problem, you should buy a silk pillow cover. Silk contains amino acids that are very similar to those found in your moisturizers. As such, they actually don't draw moisture from your face the way other pillowcases can.
2. Smiling
You may look nice with a smile on your face, but that grin -- as well as other facial expressions such as squinting -- actually can create more wrinkles and fine lines. Skin loses flexibility as it ages and doesn't have the capacity to spring back into place like it did when you were younger.
3. Central Air And Heating
Low-humidity environments such as those created by central heating and air conditioning can lead to dry skin. And dry skin makes wrinkles more pronounced -- even though it doesn't actually cause wrinkles. Best to warm or cool your body by putting on or taking off layers of clothing rather than turning up the heat or air conditioner.
4. Drinking from bottles and through straws
It may be hard to believe but, yes, the puckering process of drinking from a bottle or through a straw -- just like any repeated muscle motion -- can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Face cream can help. But dermatologists tell those who are prone to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth to avoid straws altogether.
5. Watching TV
After the age of 25, every hour of TV you want shortens your life by 21.8 minutes. Really, truly. Or so says a 2011 study by researchers in Australia. Indeed, those who watch six or more hours a day of TV apparently live 4.8 years less than those who don't watch TV. In the end, watching TV may be on par with other risk factors such as obesity.
6. Sugar
No doubt sugar is bad for your waistline but eating sugary foods also can harm the collagen and elastin needed to keep your skin smooth and youthful. Experts say you should replace foods high in sugar with low-glycemic carbs like whole grains. Why? Because the body processes them more slowly, which limits the loss of collagen and elastin.
7. Holding Things In
Mad at your bank's customer service representative? Keeping that anger inside isn't a good thing. Or so say studies that show clamming up makes you four times more likely to die earlier than those who don't bottle things up.