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Much, many or a lot of?

Much and Many are used when there is a large quantity of something. They are used in negative sentences and questions.

Many umbrellas and a lot of people on a beach but not much sand.

‘How many umbrellas can you see?’
‘Too many to count.’
‘How much sand can you see?’
‘Not much.’

Many is used with countable nouns.
• I don’t have many CD’s at home.
(Negative sentence and CD is countable – you can say one CD, two CDs, etc)
• How many brothers and sisters do you have?
(Question and brothers and sisters is countable)

Much is used with uncountable nouns.
• Is there much milk in the fridge?
(Question and milk is uncountable – you can’t say one milk, two milks, etc)
• They don’t have much money to buy food this week.
(Negative sentence and money is uncountable)

For positive sentences we use a lot of. It is used with countable and uncountable nouns.
• I have much money. WRONG
(The sentence is positive so we can’t use much)
• I have a lot of money. CORRECT
• There are a lot of snakes in Asia. CORRECT
(Snakes is countable and the sentence is positive)
• I have a lot of time to help you. CORRECT
(Time is uncountable and the sentence is positive)

Remember: Much and many for negative sentences and questions. A lot of for positive sentences.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Many is used with countable nouns. Much is used with uncountable nouns.

    Are these nouns countable or uncountable?

    Remember: Many is used with countable nouns. Much is used with uncountable nouns.

    Are these nouns countable or uncountable?

    Exercise 2

    Remember: Much and many for negative sentences and questions. A lot of for positive sentences.

    Use much, many or a lot of to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Much and many for negative sentences and questions. A lot of for positive sentences.

    Use much, many or a lot of to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Use much, many or a lot of to complete each sentence.

    Use much, many or a lot of to complete each sentence.

  • Remember: Much and many for negative sentences and questions. A lot of for positive sentences.

    Where there many people in the art gallery?

     Many people with a lot of cameras photographing the Mona Lisa making it difficult to see the painting.

  • Remember: Much and many for negative sentences and questions. A lot of for positive sentences.

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