much or many, a little, a few

a lot of/lots of
Countable/uncountable nouns
much or many - Exercise 1 (phrases)
much or many - Exercise 2 (phrases)
how much or how many - Exercise 3 (quesions)
much or many - Exercise 4 (questions)
much or many - Exercise 5 (Negations and questions)

much or many

When do we use much and when do we use many?

We use:

much with uncountable nouns in singular and

many with countable nouns in plural.

Look at our examples of countable/uncountable nouns.

We often use much/many in questions and negations.

We normally use a lot of/lots of in affirmative sentences.

much

much milk
much money
much time
much water

many many glasses of milk
many dollars
many hours
many bottles of water

Examples:
How much money do you have? - I don't have much left.

How many dollars do you have? - I don't have many left.

In informal English these questions are often answered with a lot of/lots of. There is no much difference between the two phrases.

Note: We use much or many after as, so and too. It is wrong to use a lot of/lots with these words. (We have so a lot of homework to do.)

We have so much homework to do.
We have too much homework to do.


a little or a few

a little: non countable nouns (milk, marmalade, money, time etc.)
a few
: countable nouns (bottles of milk, jars of marmalade, dollars, minutes etc.)

Examples:
He has a little money left.
He has a few dollars left.

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