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QUANTIFIERS

MUCH/MANY/A LOT OF...

 LEARNING TIP

We use MUCH  with uncountable nouns and MANY when it is countable.

 "There isn't much food in the house"

"Were there many people at the meeting?

BE CAREFUL

 1. In purely affirmative sentences, it is often preferable to use  "plenty of", "lots of" or "a lot of" with both C or U nouns.(countable or uncountable nouns)

 "a lot of /lots of /plenty of food"  instead of "much food"

"a lot of /lots of /plenty of cars"  instead of "many cars"

2. Only with uncountable nouns, you can also use "a great deal of" instead of much : 

"A great deal of advice".

3. Only with countable nouns, you can also use  "a large number of "  instead of many : "a large number of toys."

IDIOMS

*one too many  = one more than the correct number "He 's had one too many again. He's slightly drunk."

*the many  = the masses, the large numbers of ordinary people "The many are left to house themselves."

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