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 milk
much money
much time
much water

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

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.)

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

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