The words much
mean a lot of
Use of much / many
- If a noun is in singular, we use much
- If a noun is in plural, we use many
In everyday English, we normally use much / many
only in questions and negative clauses.
How much money have you got?
Fatima does not have many friends.
In positive clauses with so
, we also use much / many
Ahmed has so many
He has as many
friends as Farid.
Mourad has too much
In all other positive clauses, however, we prefer expressions like a lot of
/ lots of
Ahmed has a lot of / lots of friends.
Mourad has a lot of / lots of money.
In formal texts, however, much
are also common in positive clauses. This you will notice for example when you read English news.Countable / Uncountable Nouns
In connection with much
people often speak of countable nouns
and uncountable nouns
have a singular and a plural form. In plural, these nouns can be used with a number (that's why they are called 'countable nouns'). Countable nouns take many
100 friends – many
friends Uncountable nouns
can only be used in singular. These nouns cannot be used with a number (that's why they are called 'uncountable nouns'). Uncountable nouns take much
100 money – much
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