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Post  axel on Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:14 pm

Much and many

1. Much is used with uncountable nouns in negative sentences.
2. Much is used in questions. Here, it is not followed by the noun “milk” because the meaning is clear without it.
3. Many is used with plural nouns in negative sentences.
4. Many is used in questions. Here, the meaning is clear without the plural noun “potatoes”
5. In informal English, people don’t often use “much” or “many” in positive sentences. They use a lot of or lots of


Rael and Vincent have invited friends to dinner at their house.
Vincent has just been to the local supermarket to buy food.

Rael: You didn’t get much (1) milk.
Vincent: Didn’t I? How much (2) did you want?
Rael: Well, more than this. Two cartons, ideally.
Vincent: Oh!
Rael: And you didn’t get many (3) potatoes, either.
Vincent: Well, how many (4) do we need?
Rael: We need quite a lot (5). There’ll be eight of us.
Vincent: But isn’t that enough?
Rael: Hardly. You know how much Sonja eats. She could eat all of these by herself.

Beyond the basics
Much and many are used in the expressions
So much / so many, as much … as / as many … as
and too much / too many

  • There’s been so much rain recently.

  • We try to save much electricity as we can.

  • I made too many mistakes.

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Re: Much and many

Post  Vincent Law on Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:36 pm

axel wrote:


Rael and Vincent have invited friends to dinner at their house.
Vincent has just been to the local supermarket to buy food.

Rael: You didn’t get much (1) milk.
Vincent: Didn’t I? How much (2) did you want?
Rael: Well, more than this. Two cartons, ideally.
Vincent: Oh!
Rael: And you didn’t get many (3) potatoes, either.
Vincent: Well, how many (4) do we need?
Rael: We need quite a lot (5). There’ll be eight of us.
Vincent: But isn’t that enough?
Rael: Hardly. You know how much Sonja eats. She could eat all of these by herself.


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Re: Much and many

Post  sonja on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:49 pm






Rael: You didn’t get much (1) milk.
Vincent: Didn’t I? How much (2) did you want?
Rael: Well, more than this. Two cartons, ideally.
Vincent: Oh!
Rael: And you didn’t get many (3) potatoes, either.
Vincent: Well, how many (4) do we need?
Rael: We need quite a lot (5). There’ll be eight of us.
Vincent: But isn’t that enough?
Rael: Hardly. You know how much Sonja eats. She could eat all of these by herself.

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Re: Much and many

Post  axel on Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:58 pm

Sorry for using your names.
Embarassed I didn’t expect a reaction like that. Embarassed

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Re: Much and many

Post  Vincent Law on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:22 am

I think it's very funny!
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Re: Much and many

Post  sonja on Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:52 pm


dont worry Axel ,we just love to talk out of topic Very Happy Very Happy
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