"Much, Many, A Lot"
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When to use "much", "many" and "a lot of"?
We use "many" when asking about quantity with countable nouns with the expression "how many". Example: How many apples are there?
We use how "much" for asking about quantity with uncountable nouns. Example: How much milk is there?
We also use "many" in negative sentences with countable nouns to describe a small quantity or amount. Example: "There aren't many apples."
For describing a small quantity with uncountable nouns, then we use "much" in the negative, for example "there isn't much wine."
For positive sentences to express a large quantity, we do NOT use "much" or "many". We prefer "a lot of" or "lots of". For example "There are a lot of oranges" and "there is a lot of milk.
Much and many
This video shows some of the different ways in which the adjectives "much" and "many" can be used when asking questions about amounts. "Much" is used for non-countable nouns and "many" is used for countable nouns.
How many / How much
An English teacher explains the difference between using "how much" and "how many."
English Grammar - Much / Many / A lot
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