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A lot, much, many

a lot of

I spend a lot of time reading.

There is a lot of bread in the fridge.

  • ‘a lot of’ = a large quantity

much

Do you have much money on you?

I don’t have much money on me.

  • ‘much’ = a large quantity
  • Use ‘much’ in questions and with ‘not’
  • Use ‘much’ with words like ‘money’, ‘milk’, and ‘petrol’ (noncount nouns)

many

Are there many flowers in your garden?

There aren’t many flowers in my garden.

  • ‘many’ = a large quantity
  • Use ‘many’ in questions and with ‘not’
  • Use ‘many with words like ‘flowers, ‘cars’, and ‘people’

Look out!

LOOK OUT! Do not say/write this!

Wrong: There aren’t much (NO!) restaurants in Smalltown.

Correct: There aren’t many restaurants in Smalltown.

Think before you speak/write: if you’re talking about a large

quantity and using words like ‘bananas’, ‘people’, ‘chairs’, use ‘many’.

Don’t forget!

A large quantity (not a question or with ‘not’)

  • a lot of

A large quantity (question or with ‘not’)

  • much + words like ‘milk’, ‘wine’, ‘water’

A large quantity (question or with ‘not’)

  • many + words like ‘bananas’, ‘people’, ‘chairs’
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