Much VS Many
A classic mix up is the use of much and many. When to use which? It gets confusing for sure, so let me try and help. One thing we need to address first is countable and uncountable nouns.
Countable nouns- used with a number and is used with singular and plural forms.
Uncountable nouns- Only used with singular. We don't use it with a number.
So what about much and many?
Much= used when speaking about a singular noun
Many = used with plural nouns.
It's common to see the words: so, as, and too, when speaking about positive clauses as well, so keep an eye out for the use of these words.
Now that we have that sorted, let's look at examples.
I have many shoes. How many shoes do you have? Too many, I can't even count all of them!
I have too much work today, please don't bother me.
I don't have much money left, I need an ATM.
I have many dresses you can borrow, which do you like best?
How many chocolates are you going to eat today? Don't eat too much, you will get sick.
How many Pesos do you have?
Hold up, I already know what you're thinking. Your thinking we count money, so why can't we say, “How many money do you have?” Good question... Here is why we wouldn't say that:
We count money by using different currencies. The word 'money' can't be counted, however we can count dollars, or euros, or pounds...right?
So we WOULD say: How much money do you have?
OR How many dollars do you have?
Let's practice a bit:
How ---- does it cost?
How ---- dollars do you have?
Jack worries too ----.
I hope it doesn't rain too ---- while we are there.
I hope I get --- gift for Christmas.
How ---- dogs do you have?
I hope I cleared up these easily mixed up words for you.
Questions? Let me know by commenting below.
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