Should you use much or many?
Notes from the video ‘Diffusion Academy| PSLE English Grammar |Much vs. Many‘ :
What’s the difference between much and many?
The words much and many both mean a lot of. And sometimes, it could get confusing.
The word much is used with uncountable nouns.
Uncountable nouns are for things that we cannot count using numbers which include things like tea, water and money.
On the other hand, the word many is used with plural countable nouns.
Countable nouns are for things that we can count using numbers. These things might be dog, horse or man.
Much and Many are usually used with questions and negatives or sentences with words such as no, not, never etc.
There aren’t many people in town today.
How much money do you have?
When Much and Many are used in affirmative clauses, we usually use them in more formal styles and often with terms like as, so or too.
Bruce Lee once said, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Most native English speakers will choose to use “a lot of” or “lots of” because it sounds less formal than using much or many.
A lot of or lots of can be used with both countable or uncountable nouns.
You have lots of money.
I drank a lot of water.